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Nail (someone) (v.): To catch (someone) *usually doing something illegal/wrong*, etc.); To bust (someone). ex: They nailed him for shoplifting."

Nail-biter (n.) : An exciting game where the outcome is uncertain until the very end. ex: That game was a real nail biter."

Nerd (n.): Similar to "geek", but it has a little more of a derogatory ( = negative) quality to it. Someone who is socially inept, preferring academic pursuits to social ones.

No-brainer(n.): Very easy question; a question/situation/dilemma which has an obvious/easy solution. ex: "Well, if you ask me, it's a no-brainer. You should call her and apologize."

No sweat: No problem.

No way: 1) Phrase used to say that something is definitely not going to happen. ex: "P1: Are you going to see her again? P2: No way!"; 2) Phrase of awe/disbelief. ex: "She gave you her phone number? No way!"

(To) not have a prayer: To not have/stand a chance. ex: "Your team? They don't have a prayer or winning."

(To) not like the looks of (someone/something): To not like the way something looks because you think it might lead to something negative. ex: "I don't like the looks of those clouds" (because they might bring rain), "I don't like the looks of those kids" (because they look like they might cause trouble), etc.

Not (one's) cup of tea: "It's not my cup of tea", "It's not her/his cup of tea", etc. A polite way of saying that someone doesn't like something.

(To) not put (something) past (someone: To believe that someone is capable of doing something. ex: "Would he tell the police? I wouldn't put it past him!" (Yes, I believe that he is capable of doing this)

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