Mental work or effort; thinking; studying: This job’s going to need plenty of noodlework (1940s+)
[nood-l] /ˈnud l/ verb (used without object), noodled, noodling. 1. to improvise a musical passage in a casual manner, especially as a warm-up exercise. 2. Informal. verb (used with object), noodled, noodling. 3. Informal. Verb phrases 4. noodle around, Informal. to play, experiment, or improvise. /ˈnuːdlɪŋ/ noun 1. (slang) aimless musical improvisation /ˈnuːdəl/ noun 1. […]
- No offense
Please don’t feel insulted, I don’t mean to offend you, as in No offense, but I think you’re mistaken. This expression, first recorded in 1829, generally accompanies a statement that could be regarded as insulting but is not meant to be, as in the example.
[noo g-ee] /ˈnʊg i/ noun, Slang. 1. a light blow or jab, usually to a person’s head, back, or upper arm and accompanied by a twisting motion, with the extended of the curled-up second or third finger: done as a gesture of affection or painfully as a prank. noun an aggressive poke or rub with […]
- Noogoora burr
/nəˈɡuːrə/ noun 1. (Austral) a European cocklebur, Xanthium pungens, that is poisonous to stock