Important Idioms and Phrases starting with “N”

By Naveen Singh|Updated : February 4th, 2019

Dear gradians,

Today we are posting Idioms & Phrases beginning with “N”. we hope you liked the previous articles. Here’s a small task for you guys post idioms and phrases which you come across that has not been covered here and ask for sentences from others. This would boost your prep and make this more interesting and interactive. So here is a list of Idioms and Phrases with N:

Important Idioms and Phrases starting with “N”

Idioms and Phrases



No spring chicken

Who is no longer young

Although Sachin Tendulkar is no spring chicken, he runs fast between the wickets.

Not hold water

Not true or relevant

Her reasons for her absent yesterday didn't hold water.

Nothing to sneeze at

Not bad, Acceptable

Their music may not be worthy of radio time, but it's nothing to sneeze at.

No love lost

A feeling of hatred or dislike

There is no love lost between two neighbors.

Night owl

Someone who is vigilant late at night

When exam started ram become a night owl.

Not give a damn

No care at all.

Most industrial houses don’t give a damn about the environment.

Null and Void

Not effective

Her speech in the seminar is null and void.

Neck and Crop


The mob destroyed the monument neck and crop.

Nuts and Bolts

Essential and important

Governor is the nuts and bolts of a state government.

Not my cup of tea

Dislike, not interested

Cricket is not my cup of tea.


The most important aspects or practical details of a subject or situation

I am unable to understand the nitty-gritty of everyday politics.

Nip in the bud

End a problem in starting

Many serious illnesses can be nipped in the bud if they are detected early enough.

Nineteen to the dozen

Talking Very Quickly

Ram speech during the annual function is nineteen to dozen.

Necessary Evil

Something unpleasant but needs to be done in order to achieve a goal

Getting a good education is seen by some as a necessary evil to get a chance at a better life.

No man is an island

To not be able to live independent of others at all times

Having children has taught me that no man is an island.

Nest Egg

Saving for the future

The stock market has given me good returns and has helped me build a nest egg for my retirement

Note: if you have missed out on previous articles on Idioms and Phrases then you can check:

Important Idioms and Phrases for CDS Exam

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Team BYJU'S Exam Prep


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