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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.
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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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As the bishop says however, in reality it was not a public event but a complex, hidden phenomena rather than a simplistic "cowboy film" in which the baddies are neatly despatched.
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includes 134 charming garden apartment units and a pool with adjoining sundeck on neatly landscaped grounds.
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His cross was then neatly headed home by Vincent from inside the six-yard box.
Made of hand-dyed cotton in a range of bright colors, these bags zip up neatly into small pouches that would fit easily into a purse or glove compartment.
A Cry From The Womb cannot be neatly categorized as a pro-choice or pro-life book; though the author believes very strongly in the souls of the unborn and speaks of the negative impact abortion can have on both this life and the hereafter, the author also believes firmly that no woman should ever be forced to carry out a pregnancy.
An easy-to-follow, well-researched, neatly presented, and all-around excellent basic reference.
Earlier this year, however, the Princeton group reported that disorderly arrangements of ellipsoids such as M&M candies, poured into a container, can fill space almost as thoroughly as neatly stacked spheres do (SN: 2/14/04, p.
And the author doesn't offer a pat ending by neatly tying up all of the girls' problems by the book's conclusion.
Additional features include a roller clamp, to adjust fluid flow, and silicone O-rings to keep the irrigation channel and wire bipolar cord neatly close together for use when nonirrigating forceps are employed.