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neat as a new pin

Very neat, tidy, and clean. I expected Danny's student apartment to be a total mess, but it 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!
See also: neat

(as) neat as a pin

Tidy; clean; in good or neat order. I expected Danny's student apartment to be a total mess, but it was as neat as a pin when we arrived! I expect you to leave this kitchen neat as a pin when you finish for the night, understand?
See also: neat, pin

*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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Custom Fit Men's Shirts are hand finished in Australia for a neater fitting shirt.
Partly this is because of the further reading that it seems to require rather than doing for us; partly it is for lack of the clear narrative one expects of the book after the thesis, when the author recasts a neater, sweeter picture.
At NPE 2000, neater, cleaner options for feeding colorants were shown by M.
Concentrating its changes on the bib, the area that gets the most use and abuse, improvements include: beefed-up adjustable shoulder straps with stronger elastic that eliminates aggravating suspender "stretch"; new suspender hardware to "lock" the straps in place; and an improved design that gives the bib a higher back and a cleaner, neater appearance along the zipper and storm flap.
What neater comment for a lesbian history survey--a film genre with few throwbacks--than a drama about a fraternal heterosexual family unit made by a closeted gay male director in a homophobic European culture during an era when you could count the number of women filmmakers on your tits?
I would rather have its odd encounters and epiphanies than a neater journey and a pat conclusion.
One of the main stumbling blocks you'll find is staff's belief that it is quicker, easier, and neater to feed someone than to encourage them to feed themselves.
The vending stalls with their chaotic assortment of almost invariably imported goods--cigarettes (a bargain at about 50 cents for a pack of Marlboros), liquor bottles, Milky Way candy bars, crotchless lace panties, deodorant, canned pineapple, neon-colored plastic digital watches--are not only more numerous than last fall but also generally a bit more civilized: cleaner and neater, some sporting signs and logos and even occasional decorations such as Christmas-tree lights.
For neater look on the house-facing side, stop dowels (without straps) are just 3 inches long.
TowerStar Pets' revolutionary Neater Feeder, the world's cleanest pet feeding system, to be distributed through Super-Dog's network of pet supply retailers
Significant improvements have been made inside with a neater more modern dash and digital instruments, resulting in less clutter and fewer switches.
Younger males especially are getting attached to their facial hair and requesting a neater, more classic moustache,says Olivier Bonnefoy, founder of Gentleman's Tonic salons.
PS69 per roll, from the Spellbound wallpaper collection, Graham & Brown, right WONDER WALLS AND WINDOWS Curtains can be unsuitable for windows in halls, which are often narrow passageways, and blinds may be a neater solution.