be neither one thing nor the other


be neither one thing nor the other
if you say that something is neither one thing nor the other, you think it is bad because it is a mixture of two different things that do not combine well together.

I prefer a book to be either fact or fiction - this one's neither one thing nor the other.


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  • neither head nor tail — Neither one thing nor the other, nothing distinct or definite …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • neither — nei|ther1 W3 [ˈnaıðə US ˈni:ðər] determiner, pron not one or the other of two people or things →↑either ▪ Would you like tea or coffee? Neither, thanks. ▪ It was a game in which neither team deserved to win. neither of ▪ Neither of them can cook …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Neither fish nor flesh — Fish Fish, n.; pl. {Fishes} (f[i^]sh [e^]z), or collectively, {Fish}. [OE. fisch, fisc, fis, AS. fisc; akin to D. visch, OS. & OHG. fisk, G. fisch, Icel. fiskr, Sw. & Dan. fisk, Goth. fisks, L. piscis, Ir. iasg. Cf. {Piscatorial}. In some cases,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Neither fish nor fowl — Fish Fish, n.; pl. {Fishes} (f[i^]sh [e^]z), or collectively, {Fish}. [OE. fisch, fisc, fis, AS. fisc; akin to D. visch, OS. & OHG. fisk, G. fisch, Icel. fiskr, Sw. & Dan. fisk, Goth. fisks, L. piscis, Ir. iasg. Cf. {Piscatorial}. In some cases,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • NOR — conj. 1 and not; and not either (neither one thing nor the other; not a man nor a child was to be seen; I said I had not seen it, nor had I; all that is true, nor must we forget ...; can neither read nor write). 2 and no more; neither ( I cannot… …   Useful english dictionary

  • neither fish nor fowl nor good red herring — anything not belonging to a particular class or category; indefinite; indeterminate; to be hesitant or undecided; having no specific characteristics; neither one thing nor the other. May appear as neither fish nor good red herring, neither fish… …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • neither fish nor fowl — anything not belonging to a particular class or category; indefinite; having no specific characteristics; neither one thing nor the other …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • neither fish nor fowl — idi having no specific character or conviction; neither one thing nor the other …   From formal English to slang

  • The Lost Opera — Infobox Album Name = The Lost Opera Type = studio Artist = London Symphony Orchestra with Kimera Caption = Cover of the 1985 reissue Released = 1984 Recorded = Genre = Classical Length = Label = Redbus (1984) Stylus (1985) Producer = Steve… …   Wikipedia

  • neither —    is a word that causes endless problems not only for writers but also sometimes for those who wish to guide them. The style manual for the London Times, for instance, states flatly that neither takes a singular verb, e.g., Neither Bert nor Fred …   Dictionary of troublesome word