The soldiers in 2nd Platoon, Blackfoot Company discovered his rifle, helmet, body armor and web gear in a neat stack.
Then, as the security stood in the street, Romney emerged from the townhouse, “looking tall and neat.”
Although sometimes alarmingly hyper, Fallon has accomplished the neat trick of keeping his inner boyishness alive.
I was never even a fan of childhood favorites like SpaghettiOs (“the neat new spaghetti you can eat with a spoon”).
The village houses are done up in pale gray and mauve and preside over lawns so neat and green they look like carpeting.
From the skirt of the suit had been cut a neat, square hole.
He brought forth from a pocket a neat sheaf of banknotes, which he held out.
His attire was neat and faultless, consisting of black frock-coat, grey trousers, and a small lay-down collar.
The clumsy framework of the receiver was reduced to a neat and portable size.
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."