|nine-day wonder||An event which is a nine-day wonder causes interest, surprise or excitement for a short time, but it doesn't last.
His sudden departure was a nine-day wonder but he was soon forgotten.
|nine times out of ten||When something happens nine times out of ten, it is what usually happens.
The public transport system is very bad. Trains arrive late nine times out of ten.
|on cloud nine||A person who is on cloud nine is very happy because something wonderful has happened.
When the boss announced my promotion, I was on cloud nine!
|dressed up to nines||To describe someone as dressed up to the nines means that they are wearing very smart or glamorous clothes.
Caroline must be going to a party - she's dressed up to the nines.
|talk nineteen to the dozen||Someone who talks nineteen to the dozen speaks very quickly.
He was talking nineteen to the dozen so I didn't catch the whole story.
|nitty-gritty||When people get down to the nitty-gritty, they begin to discuss the most important points or the practical details.
I was interested in the project, but we didn't get down to the nitty-gritty until his partner arrived.
|no accounting for taste||This expression is used to indicate surprise at another person's likes or dislikes.
She fell in love with a guy who's short, fat, bald and poor ... there's no accounting for taste!
|no-brainer||A decision or choice that requires little or no thought, because the best option is so obvious, is called a no-brainer.
The choice was between a cash refund or having the amount credited to my account - it was a no-brainer! I took the cash!
|no dice||If someone asks you for something and you reply 'no dice!', you mean that it is impossible or it can't be done.
"Can you lend me your car?" "Sorry, no dice!"
|no end||This expression is another way of saying 'very much'.
Aunt Bessie was pleased no end to be invited to your wedding.
|no fixed abode||A person of no fixed abode has nowhere permanent to live.
A 30-year-old man of no fixed abode was charged with the burglary.
|no-go area||A no-go area is an area, particularly in a city, where it is dangerous to go.
Tourists have been advised to avoid parts of the city which have become no-go areas.
|no great shakes||To say that someone or something is no great shakes means that they are useless, ineffective or not very good.
He's a good actor but his last film was no great shakes.
|no hard feelings||If you have no hard feelings, you feel no resentment or bitterness about something.
When Alan was promoted instead of Steve, he said to Steve : 'No hard feelings I hope.'
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