When he looks at the neatly compiled jigsaw puzzle of his life, however, he feels empty, deeply dissatisfied.
It neatly combines a gift for melodrama, a taste for dirty tricks, a powerful imagination and an important objective.
They also give the impression that you have a neatly organized life.
And on this subject, Douthat neatly overlaps with a self-described nerdy leftist who rides a bike in Brooklyn.
It was packed with neatly combed, mostly blond, well-spoken Hope College students.
Then take out the best pieces of giblet, trim them neatly, and set them aside.
Their boats were made of large logs, hollowed out and neatly shaped.
And then she gave him a small thrill by neatly taking his bait.
This robe was neatly folded, and upon it was placed a birch-bark dish filled with food.
Her cargo seemed to be cord-wood, neatly split, and piled high on deck.
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."