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(slang) When you tell somebody to naff off, you tell them to go away, usu.
because you're angry. Fuck off, piss off
- She told them to naff off.
- He wished people would just naff off and leave
Nail down [Nail somebody down].- (answer, date, time,
price) When you nail somebody down, you force them to state their intentions
down, pin down
- I couldn't nail her down to
an exact date.
and nail them down to a price.
- He's definitely coming but I couldn't
nail him down to a specific time.
Narrow down [Narrow something down].- (list, number, choice, possibilities,
search) When you narrow something down, you reduce it or limit it in
- They've narrowed down the list
- They narrowed the number
of suspects down to three.
(insep) When you nip in, you go into a place quickly or for a short
time. Nip out
- She nipped in and said hello.
Nip off.- (insep)
When you nip off, you go somewhere quickly or for a short time.
just nip off to the shops.
Nip out.- The same as nip off
(insep) When you nod off, you fall asleep unintentionally. Doze off, drop off
nodded off in front of the TV.
was embarrased because he nodded off in the middle of the film.
Nose about, nose around, nose into.-
(insep) When you nose into something, you try to find out things about other
- What are you nosing about here
- I wish you'd stop nosing into other
Notch up [notch something up].- (victory,
sale, record sales, contract) When you notch something up, you achieve
- Yahoo.co.uk notched up almost 3.4 million
weekly unique visitors during July.
band notched up another UK Number 1 single with their version of the classic
Nose out [Nose something out].- When you nose something out, you discover it by searching carefully.
- His job is to nose out unpleasant facts about
- He managed to nose
out some important facts.
Note down [Note something down].- (address, number, message) When you
note something down, you write it down. Jot something down, take something down, write something down