- 1At no time in the past or future; not ever: they had never been camping in their lives I will never ever forget itMore example sentences
- Throughout all this he never ever showed any remorse or any emotion for what he had done.
- She leapt out of bed and made him swear never ever to say anything like that again or it would put her off.
- We should not be so foolish as to believe these things will never return in the future.
- 2Not at all: he never turned upMore example sentences
- The Prime Minister has never been one to let a past friendship get in the way of making a new ally.
- His putt never troubles the hole and it slips a few feet past for another difficult putt.
- He certainly would never have got permission for a hotel, or even a six bedroom house.
- 2.1 [as exclamation] British • informal (Expressing surprise) surely not: What, you, Annabel? Never!More example sentences
- What me? Never!
- see fear.
- see mind.
never a one
- Not one: there are no paintings, never a oneMore example sentences
- Never did a sheep wander away, never a one was attacked by wolves, never a one lost in foul weather.
- Through friends and family I have heard many stories of Holly with never a one being bad.
- For all that, there's never a one of the fine fellows a word of his wouldn't send scuttling into the nearest rat-hole.
never say die
- see die1.
well I never! (or well I never did!)
- • informal Expressing surprise or indignation: Well I never—that’s not like you!More example sentences
- There was the mother in her alpine attire staring rigidly ahead muttering ‘well I never!’
Old English nǣfre, from ne 'not' + ǣfre 'ever'.