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Word / Phrase

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Meaning

Namby pamby phr. Weak, ineffectual
Narky adj. Cranky

Nary a one

n. phr.

None

National handler

n.

Front-man for a politician

Never never

n. adj.

Hire purchase, instalment payments

Next nor near

adj.

Near

Nicely

adj.

Fine, good, well

Nick

adj.

Condition

Night train

n. phr.

Detoxification programme for drug users

Nifty adj. Useful
Nifty fifty n Honda 50 motorcycle
Ninety nine n. Ice-cream cone with a chocolate cone in it

Nip

n.

Naked; nude, as in 'I saw her in the nip'

Nits n. Head lice

Nixer / nickser

n.

Work undertaken outside normal paid employment, and usually clandestinely

No better man

phr.

Imply appropriateness or suitability

Nobel call

n. phr

Invitation to sing / perform at a social gathering

Northside adj The meant-to-be bad area of Dublin, it`s is north of the Liffey. Includes Cabra, Raheny, Finglas, Ballymun, Baldoyle, Santry and Clontarf (which is posh in some areas).   See also Southside and Westside

Not a child in the house washed

phr.

Nothing accomplished, protest at being overcome by events

Not a word of a lie

n. phr.

The whole truth

Notion

n.

Pretentious inflated opinion, thought, idea

Nourished

adj

A drink taken

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