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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

(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

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

*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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Also pg'-g[?]G, therefore pg'-g [?] H [?] G ={0}, this implies pg'- g = 0 or pg'= g If we assume G is neat in A, then we see that at least 0 [?] K(G,A), because if we put H = 0, then px = g for x [?] A and g [?] G implies that there exists y [?] G such that, py=g, that is K(G,A) is not empty.
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The set of objects presented here may not convey happiness--a wire cage remains a wire cage, no matter how seamlessly it has been integrated into surroundings possessing a somewhat hopeful tone--but Hatoum refuses to let us off the hook with something so neat as rage.
He joined the other members of NEAT, a component of the Educator Astronaut Program, at the Kennedy Space Center in June to participate in a workshop on the fundamentals of science education.
* Hairpin loss on stage (a quick change from neat classical to tumbling tresses) can mean madness, as in Giselle, or overwhelming despondency, as in Serenade.
Comet NEAT was the first to rise to prominence in the evening sky.
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The win was completed for Bury when a neat move was rounded off by an equally neat goal from Dave Nugent to wrap up a comfortable 3-0 win for the visitors.
The new DV-RW200 is a DVD and VCR recorder in one neat, single unit, allowing the simultaneous recording of programs on both DVD and videotape--even if they're showing at the same time.
Irritatingly you click on the flagpole not the text to get an image--and after wondering what to do next you realize that the sections are repeated in a neat box to one side.
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