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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!
See also: neat

(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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Concentrating its changes on the bib, the area that gets the most use and abuse, improvements include: beefed-up adjustable shoulder straps with stronger elastic that eliminates aggravating suspender "stretch"; new suspender hardware to "lock" the straps in place; and an improved design that gives the bib a higher back and a cleaner, neater appearance along the zipper and storm flap.
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I would rather have its odd encounters and epiphanies than a neater journey and a pat conclusion.
One of the main stumbling blocks you'll find is staff's belief that it is quicker, easier, and neater to feed someone than to encourage them to feed themselves.
In particular, several researchers began to look again at phrase-structure grammars to see if they could come up with a theory that was mathematically neater and more tightly constrained than transformational theory.
For neater look on the house-facing side, stop dowels (without straps) are just 3 inches long.
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To begin with, the Drive interface background has been changed from gray to white for a neater look.
PS69 per roll, from the Spellbound wallpaper collection, Graham & Brown, right WONDER WALLS AND WINDOWS Curtains can be unsuitable for windows in halls, which are often narrow passageways, and blinds may be a neater solution.
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Some women prefer circumcised penises, saying they look neater, are easier to keep clean and more pleasant to perform oral sex on.