||exciting game or movie; having much suspense
||Have you seen the movie The Fugitive? It's a nail-biter.
|a necktie party
||a hanging, a lynching
||If the men catch the outlaw, they want to have a necktie party.
|a new broom sweeps clean
||an employee works hard on the first day or two, make a good impression
||After my first day working for Grandfather, he said, "A new broom sweeps clean."
|a new lease on life
||a feeling that life will be better, a fresh start
||The promotion gave him a new lease on life.
|a notch below
||inferior, not as good
||That bicycle is a notch below the Peugeot. It's not quite as good.
|a nut case
||a person who is crazy, crackpot
||If you go to work in pajamas, people will say you're a nut case.
||fine, better than average
||This restaurant is A-OK. The food and service are good.
|a pack of lies
||many lies, no truth to it
||What Gail is saying about Julie is a pack of lies. It's not true.
|a pain in the ass [B]
||a bother, a lot of trouble
||Fixing that car every day is a pain in the ass.
|a pain in the butt
||a person who causes problems, a pain in the ass
||Hal keeps interrupting me. He's a pain in the butt!