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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 it was neat as a new pin!
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(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.
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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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Title:The Neatest Little Guide to Making Money Online Author:Jason Kelly Published (in English) by:Nicholas Brealey Publishing ISBN:1-85788-266-0 Price:GBP9.
The neatest way to do this is to use a stainless steel ring, which gives it a little shape.
It is preferable to type your letter - and easier to write more than one - but if you haven't got access to a PC, then write in blue or black pen in your neatest handwriting.
She has brought herself probably the neatest, most innovative and sharpest little run-about of them all - the A-class Mercedes and a model with impecible manners.
One of the neatest I've seen is the Butler Creek featherweight target stock that sports a spring-loaded retractable bipod.
One of the neatest ways to make a garden look bigger is to have your straight path actually get narrower as it goes away from you.
The Bedford man is the first to admit he is not the neatest boxer in the world but he had battered his way to 16 consecutive victories and is itching to test himself at the very top level
Gwyneth looked beautiful and, considering she's almost six months pregnant, she had the neatest little bump.
The look remains tight to the leg until below the knee where it kicks out into the neatest of flares.
One of the neatest things about the SpeechPortal(TM) platform, as well as Liaison(TM) software, is its multilingual talent; (it) will not only recognize the words that `browsers' speak; it will recognize the language.
ARGUABLY the neatest joke in the new sitcom from Kelsey Grammer is the number of producers, executive producers and co-executive producers whose names appear in the credits.
The neatest thing is being able to cook a meal and getting the whole family under one roof.
The photo was sent to us by Mr Harry Wooding of Knotty Ash who writes: "This gelding was the winner of the neatest and cleanest horse and gears, belonging to the L.
Paul Baran, Chairman of Com21 says, "I have known Dan Pike for 14 years, and find him among the neatest guys that I know -- a true Southern Gentleman whose company everyone enjoys and who is generous with his time.
ARGUABLY the neatest joke in Kelsey Grammer's new sitcom is the number of producers, executive producers and co-executive producers whose names appear in the credits.