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Ways of saying no - thesaurus




used for giving a negative answer to something that someone asks or offers you

certainly not

used for saying no or for refusing permission in a strong clear way

by no means

used as a way of emphasizing a negative statement

of course not

used for saying ‘no’ very definitely in answer to a question

not really

used for saying ‘no’ without being very definite

on no account/not on any account

used to say in a strong and definite way that something must not happen or be done

not likely

used for saying that you or someone else certainly will not do something



Britishspoken used for answering ‘no’, when you think someone has suggested something that is impossible

no way

used for saying that you will definitely not do something or that something will definitely not happen



used for making a sentence, expression, or word negative

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spoken a way of saying ‘am not’, ‘is not’, ‘are not’, ‘has not’, or ‘have not’. Many people consider ‘ain’t’ to be incorrect.

hold the chilli/mustard/cream etc

used for telling someone not to give you a particular thing, especially a type of food

I couldn’t

used for politely saying ‘no’ when someone offers you something

in the negative

saying ‘no’

kiss my arse

Britishimpolite used for telling someone that you will not do something they have asked you to do



spoken a way of saying ‘no’



an old word meaning ‘no’ or ‘not’



formal used for saying ‘no’ when you vote in a group of people. The word for ‘yes’ is yea.



formal the act of saying no



linguistics a negative word or phrase means ‘no’ or ‘not’. Verb groups add ‘not’ or ‘n’t’ to indicate negative meaning, for example ‘Don’t drive when you’re tired’ and ‘I can’t help you this time’. Words such as ‘no’, ‘never’, ‘no one’ and ‘neither … nor’ also add negative meaning, for example ‘I’ve never heard of him’, ‘No problem!’ and ‘Throw away everything that is neither useful nor beautiful’. Word forms can add prefixes like ‘un’ and ‘dis’ to create negative forms, for exampleunhappy’ and ‘dislike’.

no can do

a very informal way of saying that you cannot do something that you have been asked to do

no dice

used for saying that something is not possible, especially when someone asks you for something

no fear

used for saying that you definitely do not intend to do something

no more do/will/can/have I

used after a negative statement to add another negative statement



informal used for saying ‘no’ when someone asks you a question



used instead of repeating something in the negative



used for showing that you mean the opposite of the word or phrase that follows

not a bit of it

used for saying that something you would expect to happen has not happened

not especially

spoken used for answering ‘no’ to a question about whether you like something, want something etc. This can sound a little rude.

not for all the tea in China

used for saying that nothing could persuade you to do something

nothing doing

used for refusing a request or saying that something is not possible

not on your life

used for telling someone that you will certainly not do something

of course not

used for refusing to give someone permission

over my dead body

used for telling someone angrily that you will never allow something to happen

someone can whistle for something

used for saying a little rudely that you are not going to give someone what they have asked for



informal used with ‘no’ for politely refusing something that is offered to you

thank you


used with ‘no’ for politely refusing something that is offered to you

thank you


used at the end of a sentence for telling someone firmly that you do not want something



used for writing the sound that people make when they disagree with something, or when they say ‘no’ to a question



used for replying to someone when they are expecting you to sayyes’, but the answer is ‘no’



used for emphasizing a negative statement

yes and no

used for saying that something is only partly true



a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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