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Naff off.- (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 him alone.

Nail down [Nail somebody down].- (answer, date, time, price) When you nail somebody down, you force them to state their intentions clearly. Peg down, pin down

  • I couldn't nail her down to an exact date.
  • Try 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 some way.

  • They've narrowed down the list of candidates.
  • They narrowed the number of suspects down to three.

Nip in.- (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.

  • I'll just nip off to the shops. 

Nip out.- The same as nip off

Nod off.- (insep) When you nod off, you fall asleep unintentionally. Doze off, drop off

  • She nodded off in front of the TV.
  • He 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 people's affairs.

  • What are you nosing about here for ?
  • I wish you'd stop nosing into other people's business.

Notch up [notch something up].- (victory, sale, record sales, contract) When you notch something up, you achieve something.

  • Yahoo.co.uk notched up almost 3.4 million weekly unique visitors during July.
  • The band notched up another UK Number 1 single with their version of the classic Bangles song.

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 important politicians.
  • 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

  • Note down his address.

 

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