Phrasal Verb N

  • naff off|Get lost, go away (used as imperative)|He was making a fuss, so I told him to NAFF OFF.|_
  • nag at|Repeatedly criticise someone verbally|My boss is always NAGGING AT me about my arriving a few minutes late for work.|_
  • nail down|Succeed in getting, achieve|They are having trouble NAILING DOWN the contract.|1
  • name after|Give someone a name to remember another person|I was NAMED AFTER my uncle who died in the war.|_
  • narrow down|Remove less important options to make it easier to choose|I am not sure which university to apply to, but I have NARROWED my list DOWN to three.|1
  • nerd out|Play safe and avoid taking a risk|I’m going to NERD OUT and not go on the river trip.|_
  • nip off|Go somewhere quickly|I’m NIPPING OFF to get some milk.|1
  • nip out|Go somewhere quickly|She’ll be back in a minute- she’s just NIPPED OUT to the shops.|_
  • nod off|Fall asleep|I NODDED OFF during the speech.|1
  • nod through|Pass a law, regulation, etc, without considering or debating it seriously|Parliament NODDED the bill THROUGH.|_
  • nose about|Look for something hidden or secret|The police are NOSING ABOUT to see if they can find anything against the gang.|_
  • nose around|Look around for evidence|The boss keeps NOSING AROUND our office when we are out at lunch.|_
  • nose out|Find out, discover- usually information, secrets, etc|He NOSED OUT their plans.|1
  • note down|Write something short like a phone number for future reference.|She NOTED DOWN my fax number so that she could send me the documents when she got to the office.|_
  • nut out|Find an answer to a problem|The management and unions had a meeting to NUT things OUT.|_

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