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neat

adjective uk   /niːt/ us  

neat adjective (TIDY)

B1 tidy, with everything in its place: Your house is always so neat - how do you manage it? She likes everything neat and tidy. You have such neat handwriting. They did a very neat job stitching up your knee - there's hardly a scar there. Neat people like to keep themselves, their house, and their possessions tidy and in good order: Hassan is the neatest child I've ever met - even his shoes are clean! I try to be neat, but my husband is a slob.
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neat adjective (GOOD)

mainly US informal good: That video game is really neat!
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neat adjective (CLEVER)

clever and simple: It would be a neat solution to the problem.

neat adjective (NOTHING ADDED)

(of a strong alcoholic drink) without anything, such as water or ice or another drink, added to it: I'll have a neat gin, please. She likes her whisky neat.
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