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1Used to give a negative response: ‘Is anything wrong?’ ‘No.’
no indeed, absolutely not, most certainly not, of course not, under no circumstances, by no means, not at all, negative, never, not really, no thanks; Scottishnae
North American informal no siree
Scottish, Northern English, & North American informal naw
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noun (plural noes)Back to top
A negative answer or decision, especially in voting: he was unable to change his automatic yes to a no
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- For, among many other things, the French and Dutch votes were also noes to the consequences of enlargement and to the prospect of further enlargements.
- If one goes to the application book, volume 1, page 23, line 30, it can be seen that it is recorded that the result of the division, this is on the second reading: ayes 14 and noes 13.
- Super-optimists suggest that, perhaps with some changes and reassurance from European leaders, the noes might be turned into yeses, like water into wine.
Old English nō, nā (adverb), from ne 'not' + ō, ā 'ever'. The determiner arose in Middle English (originally before words beginning with any consonant except h-), reduced from non, from Old English nān (see none1).
no can do
- informal I am unable to do it.More example sentences
- Oh, no can do, sweetheart, I'm booked up until - let's see - next Tuesday.
- Sorry, no can do, they're contaminated with asbestos.
- ‘He told me to let go, and I said, ‘Sorry, kid, no can do.’
the noes have it
- The negative votes are in the majority.More example sentences
- The Chair must state whether the ayes or the noes have it and, if a member challenges the Chair's opinion, the question must be decided by a division.
- Add me to the mix, and the noes have it.
- The noes have it and the amendment is lost.
- see less.
- Not now as formerly: they no longer live hereMore example sentences
- After all, they are the ones who have forgotten that we no longer live by the law of the jungle.
- Sorry to have to let you know that Steve is no longer living with us and I am now a single mum.
- First, the working class and the oppressed can no longer go on living in the old way.
- No person; no one.More example sentences
- Personally I was upset about it; no man should have legs as nice as that!
- Organic farming may not be all the solution - no man of complete sense, I believe, ever argued that it is.
- It had the look of somewhere that no man has stood for many years.
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- North American Nowhere.More example sentences
- Sidewalk vendors who have no place to sell lunches and snacks have nowhere to turn.
- With plenty to do off the mountains, there is definitely no place like home.
- We must buy or rent land and the building that sits upon it, or we have no place we can go.
no sooner —— than
- see soon.
no through road
- An indication that passage along a street is blocked or prohibited.More example sentences
- Just before a sign: ‘Private No Entry’, take a path on the left, by a red waymarker: this comes after a sign indicating that there is no through road and no turning point.
- There is no through road hereabouts and with minimal farming machinery to damage the well-maintained track the two mile climb up and along valley side was a smooth and head-up pleasure.
- This is a village with a pub, but no through road - and no church.
not take no for an answer
- Persist in spite of refusals.More example sentences
- I don't think that is going to be possible, she is so full of energy and doesn't take no for an answer.
- I tell him all the time that I don't, but he doesn't take no for an answer.
- Their boss (like most bosses) doesn't take no for an answer and is adamant they get the client or face being sacked.
no two ways about it
- Used to convey that there can be no doubt about something: there’s no two ways about it, it’s marked us for lifeMore example sentences
- She added: ‘It's been chaotic, there's no two ways about it.’
- I have been happy with the way things have started and there is no two ways about it - I want to end the season as the best bowler in the league.
- There are no two ways about it, you are there, or you are not.
- informal Under no circumstances; not at all: You think she’s alone? No wayMore example sentences
- Oh, no way. Who would fake being pregnant?
- You can't be serious… no way… did you get me a car?
- informal , chiefly Australian All right; fine.More example sentences
- We would have said cool, no worries, we'll keep living at our other place.
- In about two weeks I'll be back into again anyway, so no worries I guess, but kind of amusing all the same.
- It's been a pretty mild winter so far generally speaking, so no worries, I like snow anyway.
- Or not: she’d have ridden there, winter or noMore example sentences
- But lest I be accused of favoring nuclear war, please take note that the consequences of nuclear war would be horrendous, nuclear winter or no.
- (—— or no ——) Regardless of the specified thing: recession or no recession there is always going to be a shortage of good peopleMore example sentences
- Never ever from that day to this has anyone else looked after a child of mine when they were sick, new job or no new job.
- Job or no job, life is just plain difficult in rural Kansas and Oklahoma..rural anywhere.