In Iowa, every inch of land was cultivated—immaculate farms cut into neat squares by two-lane streets.
The soldiers in 2nd Platoon, Blackfoot Company discovered his rifle, helmet, body armor and web gear in a neat stack.
I was never even a fan of childhood favorites like SpaghettiOs (“the neat new spaghetti you can eat with a spoon”).
Although sometimes alarmingly hyper, Fallon has accomplished the neat trick of keeping his inner boyishness alive.
But the neat cursive writing was not in Arabic; it was in Hebrew.
From the skirt of the suit had been cut a neat, square hole.
Everywhere he found proof of Fogg's neat work of discouragement.
His attire was neat and faultless, consisting of black frock-coat, grey trousers, and a small lay-down collar.
The neat uniform looked as if freshly taken from the tailor shop.
Fifty neat stories can be made up to suit the case, if there is need of explanation.
1540s, "clean, free from dirt," from Anglo-French neit, Middle French net "clear, pure" (12c.), from Latin nitidus "well-favored, elegant, trim," literally "gleaming," from nitere "to shine," from PIE root *nei- "to shine" (cf. Middle Irish niam "gleam, splendor," niamda "shining;" Old Irish noib "holy," niab "strength;" Welsh nwyfiant "gleam, splendor").
Meaning "inclined to be tidy" is from 1570s. Of liquor, "straight," c.1800, from meaning "unadulterated" (of wine), which is first attested 1570s. Informal sense of "very good" first recorded 1934 in American English; variant neato is teenager slang, first recorded 1968. Related: Neatly; neatness.
"ox, bullock, cow," Old English neat "ox, beast, animal," from Proto-Germanic *nautam "thing of value, possession" (cf. Old Frisian nat, Middle Dutch noot, Old High German noz, Old Norse naut), from PIE root *neud- "to make use of, enjoy."