nary a
or nary an phrasal not a single <
survived the accident with nary a scratch
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  • nary a — phrasal or nary an : not a single : never a sold merchandise to a friend, with nary an entry on the books J.K.Lasser * * * nary a Never a, not one (also narrow a /narˈō/) • • • …   Useful english dictionary

  • nary a — {informal} Not a single; not one; never a. * /One afternoon a large dark cloud came in the sky. John thought it would rain so he took his raincoat but nary a drop fell./ * /John went fishing but he caught nary a one./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • nary a — {informal} Not a single; not one; never a. * /One afternoon a large dark cloud came in the sky. John thought it would rain so he took his raincoat but nary a drop fell./ * /John went fishing but he caught nary a one./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • nary\ a — informal Not a single; not one; never a. One afternoon a large dark cloud came in the sky. John thought it would rain so he took his raincoat but nary a drop fell. John went fishing but he caught nary a one …   Словарь американских идиом

  • nary a word — not a word, nothing    When I asked the boy a question, he said nothing nary a word …   English idioms

  • nary — The colloquial or dialect expression nary a (= not a) was exclusively American until the 20c, when it began to appear in British works: • You can wander around the cavernous vaults of the Law Courts in the Strand these days and come across nary a …   Modern English usage

  • nary — [ner′ē] adj. [altered < ne er a, never a] Dial. not any; no: with a or an [nary a doubt] …   English World dictionary

  • nary — /ˈnɛəri/ (say nairree) phrase nary a, never a; not a single: *Mary sat there picking daintily at a wing with not a hair out of place and nary a smile. –colleen mccullough, 1975. {US regional; also British dialect; contraction of ne er a} …   Australian English dictionary

  • nary — na|ry [ˈneəri US ˈneri] adv old fashioned [Date: 1700 1800; Origin: ne er a not a ] nary a sth not one ▪ They said nary a word …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • nary — nar|y [ neri ] adverb OLD FASHIONED never. Nary a means not a single one : I was young with nary a penny to my name …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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