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neat as a new pin

Tidy; clean; in good or neat order. I expected Danny's student apartment to be a total mess, but is was neat as a new pin!
See also: neat, new, pin

(as) neat as ninepence

Very tidy, neat, and well-organized; in good order. After my kids made me breakfast in bed, I expected the kitchen to be a mess. But was I ever surprised to find the whole place as neat as ninepence when I came downstairs! James is so meticulous with his office, always keeping it neat as ninepence.
See also: neat, ninepence

neat as a bandbox

Impeccably dressed; stylish. A bandbox is a container that was used to store accessories like collars and ruffs. Dave, I just love that suit and tie on you! You look neat as a bandbox!
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*neat as a pin

Cliché neat and orderly. (*Also: as ~.) Brad is such a good housekeeper; his apartment is always as neat as a pin. Joanne certainly is well-organized. Her desk is neat as a pin.
See also: neat, pin


1. mod. great; cool; fine. That was not a very neat thing to do.
2. exclam. Wow! (Usually Neat!) Neat! I’m glad you came.
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Tensile strength and elongation at break of neat PBAT and PBAT/PLA composite films with different amounts of PLA (10 to 50 wt%) are displayed in Figure 1a and 1b, respectively.
w our viously MC Neat tells 3am: "The kids know our tracks from 15 years ago - that's obviously from parents and older siblings.
It's really important we do this, because there are large numbers of women killed by men," Ms Neat said.
Combined with Neat software,the HP Office jet 8040 lets customers easily capture and organize receipts, business cards and other documents and unlock the critical information in those files.
8 mm, providing an advantage over other commercial neat PEEK grades, which do not meet the UL 94 V-0 flammability rating requirements at this thickness.
The children wore the accelerometer for one day of PE class, whereas the adolescents wore the accelerometer for one week during PE class, for a total of Ave possible measures of NEAT.
A shelf stable product, the neat breakfast mix is made from a combination of all-natural, additive-free and wholesome ingredients that mimic the texture of ground sausage when combined with water and two eggs (or vegan eggs) before browning in a non-stick skillet.
Neat, born in Cornwall in 1943, has made Scotland his home and wears many hats in the name of art.
Neat will integrate SkyDrive into NeatConnect, allowing users to scan documents directly to SkyDrive without the need for a computer.
Under the terms of the agreement, Neat Foods will be the sole partner of Al Islami in Pakistan to develop and re-export Al Islami products in Pakistan and in the international market.
Under the terms of the agreement signed at Gulfood, Neat Foods will be the sole partner of Al Islami in Pakistan to develop and re-export Al Islami products in Pakistan and in the international market, according to a statement.
He thinks he's neat but he has people who help him.
Households and small businesses are increasingly searching for ways to efficiently organize numerous paper and digital documents, creating more demand for digital filing systems," explains Kevin Garton, chief marketing officer for The Neat Company.