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Brewer's: Neat as a Pin

or Neat as a New Pin. Very prim and tidy. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894Neat as WaxNeat as a Bandbox A B C D E F G H I J K L M …

Brewer's: Neat as Wax

Certainly the waxen cells of bees are the perfection of neatness and good order. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894NeboNeat as a Pin A B C D …

Brewer's: Nebo

the god of science and literature, is said to have invented cuneiform writing. His temple was at Borsippa, but his worship was carried wherever Babylonian letters penetrated…

Brewer's: Nebraska

U.S. A word of Indian origin, meaning the “shallow river.” Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894NebuchadnezzarNebo A B C D E F G H I J K …

Brewer's: Nebuchadnezzar

A correspondent of Notes and Queries (July 21, 1877) says that the compound Russian word Neboch-ad-ne-tzar means, “There is no god but the czar.” Of course this is not the m…

Brewer's: Necessity

Make a virtue of necessity. (Shakespeare: Two Gentlemen of Verona, iv. 1.) “Quintilian has laudem virtutis necessitati damus: St. Jerome (epistle 54 section 6), Fac de neces…

Brewer's: Neck and Crop

Entirely. The crop is the gorge of a bird. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894Neck and HeelsNeck-weed A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O…

Brewer's: Neck and Heels

I bundled him out neck and heels. There was a certain punishment formerly in vogue which consisted in bringing the chin and knees of the culprit forcibly together, and then …

Brewer's: Neck and Neck

Very near together in merit; very close competitors. A phrase used in horse races, when two or more horses run each other very closely. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fa…

Brewer's: Neck or Nothing

Desperate. A racing phrase; to win by a neck or to be nowhere—i.e. not counted at all because unworthy of notice. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer,…