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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

take 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 take him down a notch or two. It's about time that someone took Sarah down a notch. Her snotty rich-kid arrogance is intolerable!
See also: down, notch, take

top-notch

Stellar; excellent; the best. Can be used with or without a hyphen. That restaurant is top-notch—you'll definitely get a good meal there. This is not a case of nepotism—Astrid won the award because her project was top 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

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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Although this rather liberal definition of an audiometric notch has been used previously and casts a wide net, in most of this report, the audiometric notches are analyzed in terms of nine notch depths from 10 dB to 50 dB+ in 2.
Banque du Caire: The long-term LC deposit rating was downgraded by two notches to Ba3 from Ba1 and its long-term FC deposit rating by one notch to B1 from Ba3, constrained by the respective sovereign ceiling.
In 1998, Ticker and colleagues (2) conducted a cadaveric research study using a different classification system, separating the suprascapular notches into two types, namely a U-type and a V-type.
However, if the JGB rating does get downgraded two notches to A2 with a negative outlook, the Aaa rating of the funds will be placed under review for possible downgrade, it said.
The model includes two notches and consists of 1535 elements and 4786 nodes.
The Yale scientists were examining a fruit fly gene called Notch (because flies with an abnormality in this gene have notches in their wings).
NYSE:DPL) and its principal subsidiary, The Dayton Power and Light Company (DP&L), two notches to investment grade.
The rating on Banco Santander Totta SA was reduced by two notches to A, which is five notches above junk status.
Tinius Olsen's Yohn warns that the same cutting tool can produce different notches in different materials.
We first present the stress and slip-line solutions for wedge-shaped notches with sharp tips.
Best's typical notching by widening the spread between the operating company and the holding company ICR from two to three notches.
Sharp and well-defined V-shape notches were observed on both sides of the weld-line specimen.
Fitch's withdrawal of its long-term rating on THG and the narrowing of the notching between the ratings on THG's senior notes and trust preferred securities to one notch from two notches, reflects application of Fitch's new ratings standards which were implemented for most insurers in February 2006.
The 1-mm-deep side notches were made according to the same procedure.
The higher the RR, the greater the potential uplift to the rating of the security (up to a maximum of three notches for 'RR1' rated instruments) and conversely, the lower the RR, the greater the potential reduction (up to a maximum of three notches below the IDR for 'RR6' rated instruments).