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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!
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(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.

neat as a pin

Trim, orderly. This term dates from the late eighteenth century and appeared in print in several works by John Wolcot (who used the pseudonym Peter Pindar), as “neat as a new pin.”
See also: neat, pin
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NEAT lay low in the south with a faint stubby tail.
Although the room temperature tensile strength of the black filled compounds is similar to the neat polymer, incorporation of the filler improves the retention of stress-strain properties of the polymer at elevated test temperatures.
Neat, even for those who do not go all the way with his analyses, makes it easier to understand and appreciate them.
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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.
A former neuroscientist turned food product innovator, neat co-founder Laura Lapp started experimenting with meat replacement recipes as a way to provide nutritious, yet tasty meals for her family.
Figure 1 shows the DSC traces of the melt-quenched samples of neat PHBHHX, neat PVPh and their blends.
A subgroup H of G is said to be neat subgroup of G, if any equation px=a with a H is solvable in H, whenever it is solvable in G where p is an arbitrary prime.
Neat was the word for her, always neat, always a little different even as a leggy schoolgirl in long black stockings and gymslip.
Neat Solutions established the category of disposable "germ busters" for on-the-go mothers in 1995, when Besner's 6-month-old son kept tossing his restaurant-provided place mat to the floor.
At 11% to 25% CaCO3, dart impact improves over neat resin, but it drops below neat resin at filler levels up to 10%, as Heritage tests show.
NEAT advisor Naomi Wright was able to put together a package of advice, support and financial help to find Mr Norwood a job that suited him.
Neat, Neat, Neat, The Damned at the Dysart Miners' Welfare Club in 1977.