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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!
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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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The neatest feature of this rest is the ability to choose the direction of pull--cable slide or buss pull--by simply threading the rope into different holes in the rest's radial pull lever.
The hinge has been upgraded to be more durable, but the neatest feature is the eight interchangeable colored plastic plates.
But that's one of the neatest things about being a pen pal.
All you detractors, spare a thought for Mark Pitman and Malcolm Denmark and simply appreciate the pleasure provided by Hen Knight, Jim Lewis, Jim Culloty and Best Mate - the neatest jumper of a fence I have witnessed.
Surprisingly, the experts discovered that teachers have the most undeveloped writing, while accountants, more used to dealing with numbers than words, have the neatest.
Perhaps the neatest definition is in the 1977 edition of the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Ballet, which suggests it was "Developed--like jazz music--by the American Negroes, who took African dance techniques, based on polycentrism and the isolation of individually moving parts of the human body, and adapted them In the needs of their new social surroundings.
He entered into the mating ritual he'd performed a million times before: first, tearing the smallest, neatest hole at the top of the pack with his thumbnail, just large enough to remove one cigarette.
So, even though Michael Aspel believes he'll be here for another 24 years, news of his health scare prompts me to salute the neatest male presenter on TV.
But the neatest thing about this camera is that it looks just like a regular, professional 35mm unit (not unlike my own Nikon F100, in fact) and that should please a lot of old-school-but-open-minded photography enthusiasts.
Whether that speak volumes for the predicament the Valiants find themselves in remains to be seen but at least they'll have the neatest cut pitch in Division Two.
Well, that brings up the neatest feature of the Captain's Bag.
Reporters have quoted me as saying they have the neatest burrow and things like that, which is really an extrapolation of my comments.
Hallowell says many media members have commented to her that this program "is one of the neatest concepts seen in the beef industry for quite a while.
That was the neatest, cleanest voting the town of Loudon has had in years.
The Triceratops, which Chapman describes as "one of the neatest animals that's ever been around," lived in parts of western North America when what is now the Great Plains lay beneath a warm, shallow sea.