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a notch in (someone's) bedpost

A casual sexual partner, especially a one-night stand, counted as a tally in the overall number of someone's sexual partners. Janet was never interested in a serious boyfriend during college; she was only looking for notches in her bedpost. So is that all I am to you, John? A notch in your bedpost?
See also: bedpost, notch

a notch on (someone's) bedpost

A casual sexual partner, especially a one-night stand, counted as a tally in the overall number of someone's sexual partners. Janet was never interested in a serious boyfriend during college; she was only looking for notches on her bedpost. So is that all I am to you, John? A notch on your bedpost?
See also: bedpost, notch, on

a notch in (someone's) belt

A remarkable success or achievement, especially one in a successive string, list, or tally of other such ones. (Can also be formulated as "a notch in the belt of (someone)." The successful negotiation of the merger between the two companies was another notch in the young executive's belt. It wasn't a particularly difficult match, but the win is nevertheless a notch in the belt of the defending champion.
See also: belt, notch

a notch on (someone's) belt

A remarkable success or achievement, especially one in a successive string, list, or tally of other such ones. (Can also be formulated as "a notch on the belt of someone.") The successful negotiation of the merger between the two companies was another notch on the young executive's belt. It wasn't a particularly difficult match, but the win is nevertheless a notch on the belt of the defending champion.
See also: belt, notch, on

bring (someone) down a notch (or two)

To reduce or damage someone's ego or pride; to humble or humiliate someone. I'm really glad that pompous oaf lost his court case—maybe that will bring him down a notch or two. It's about time that someone brought Sarah down a notch. Her snotty arrogance is intolerable!
See also: bring, down, notch

knock (someone) down a notch (or two)

To reduce or damage someone's ego or pride; to humble or humiliate someone. I'm really glad that pompous oaf lost his court case—maybe that will knock him down a notch or two. It's about time that someone knocked Sarah down a notch. Her snotty arrogance is intolerable!
See also: down, knock, notch

pull (someone) down a notch (or two)

To reduce or damage someone's ego or pride; to humble or humiliate someone. I'm really glad that pompous oaf lost his court case—maybe that will pull him down a notch or two. It's about time that someone pulled Sarah down a notch. Her snotty arrogance is intolerable!
See also: down, notch, pull

be knocked down a notch (or two)

To have one's ego or pride reduced or damaged; to be humbled or humiliated. I hope that pompous oaf has been knocked down a notch or two after losing his court case. If Sarah keeps acting like a spoiled brat to everyone, she's going to be knocked down a notch some day.
See also: down, knock, notch

be brought down a notch (or two)

To have one's ego or pride reduced or damaged; to be humbled or humiliated. I hope that pompous oaf has been brought down a notch or two after losing his court case. If Sarah keeps acting like a spoiled brat to everyone, she's going to be brought down a notch some day.
See also: brought, down, notch

be taken down a notch (or two)

To have one's ego or pride reduced or damaged; to be humbled or humiliated. I hope that pompous oaf has been taken down a notch or two after losing his court case. If Sarah keeps acting like a spoiled brat to everyone, she's going to be taken down a notch some day.
See also: down, notch, taken

be pulled down a notch (or two)

To have one's ego or pride reduced or damaged; to be humbled or humiliated. I hope that pompous oaf has been pulled down a notch or two after losing his court case. If Sarah keeps acting like a spoiled brat to everyone, she's going to be pulled down a notch some day.
See also: down, notch, pull

out of all scotch and notch

Immeasurable; limitless. "Scotches" and "notches" are boundaries drawn in the game of hopscotch. My love for my husband is truly out of all scotch and notch.
See also: all, and, notch, of, out, scotch

notch below

Not as good as something else in the same category. Joanne is a good author, but her books are a notch below best-sellers in the same genre.
See also: below, notch

notch above (someone or something)

 and a notch better than (someone or something)
Fig. a little higher in quality than someone or something. This latest candidate we interviewed seems a notch above the rest, so let's hire her. That telescope is a notch better than the others in terms of magnification.
See also: above, notch

notch below (someone or something)

Fig. a little lower in quality than someone or something. I believe that this wine is a notch below the one we had with the fish.
See also: below, notch

notch something up

to count up something; to add up or score something. We notched yet another victory up in our efforts to regain the trophy. Well, it looks like we notched up another victory.
See also: notch, up

take someone down a peg (or two)

 and take someone down a notch (or two); knock someone down a peg (or two); knock someone down a notch (or two)
Fig. to reprimand someone who is acting too arrogant. The teacher's scolding took Bob down a notch or two. He was so rude that someone was bound to knock him down a peg or two.
See also: down, peg, take

top notch

the absolute best. (Hyphenated before a nominal.) Julie's singing in the musical is top notch. He prepared a top-notch meal before the movie and dessert for afterward.
See also: notch, top

a notch below somebody/something

not quite as good as someone or something else Fifty years ago, there were many big bands that were good, but they were a notch below the great ones.
See also: below, notch

top-notch

of the highest possible quality We need to offer high salaries to attract top-notch staff. People will pay a fortune for really top-notch wines.

take down a notch

Also, take down a peg. Deflate or humble someone, as in He's so arrogant that I wish someone would take him down a notch, or That defeat took them down a peg. Both notch and peg in this idiom allude to a series, the former of indentations, the latter of knobs, used to raise or lower something. Specifically, peg alludes to the pegs used to lower a ship's colors. Their figurative use dates from the second half of the 1600s. Also see cut down, def. 4.
See also: down, notch, take

notch

tv. to count up something; to add up or score something. Well, it looks like we notched another victory.

take one’s belt in (a notch)

and pull one’s belt in (a notch)
tv. to prepare for lean times; to reduce expenditures. (see also tighten one’s belt.) It was clear that we would have to bite the bullet and take our belt in a notch. I gotta pull in my belt or get a second job.
See also: belt, notch, take

pull one’s belt in a notch

verb
See also: belt, notch, pull

take (someone) down a peg

To reduce the pride of; humble.
See also: down, peg, take
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for which non-traditional notching was used under the prior methodology, and for which Fitch plans to complete an updated analysis of the issuer prior to implementation of the new methodology.
Four key themes emerged through the assignment of IDRs, RRs and notching of debt issues for North America financial institutions.
Exceptions would generally be found at the low-end of the rating scale, where specific recovery analysis may result in wider notching being employed.
s debt to 'A-' from 'A+' reflects not only the one tick downgrade of the IFS rating but also an additional notch to replicate traditional notching of holding company debt.
At that time, Fitch believed that following the divestiture of its variable annuity and variable life operations, AFC's projected interest coverage, capitalization, and organizational structure were likely to support more typical notching between the company's property/casualty subsidiaries' IFS ratings and AFC's long-term and debt ratings.
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The level of notching between the ratings of Conseco's secured bank debt and unsecured senior debt reflects Fitch's view on the relative recoveries available to the two classes of creditors in a default scenario.
Fitch's policy for deeply subordinated debt requires a three-notch differential between the ratings of the senior and subordinate debt unless other circumstances suggest greater notching.
The notching applied to the Price unsecured debt, which at 'BB+' one notch higher than the 'BB' GGP issuer rating, reflects the strength of the bond covenants requiring unencumbered asset coverage of 150% of unsecured debt as well as the short maturity and annual repayment schedule of the bonds resulting in high repayment visibility.