(I'm) (a)fraid not

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(I'm) (a)fraid not

A response used to reluctantly decline an invitation or politely answer a question in the negative, indicating regret that the answer is "no." When the phrase is abbreviated to "'fraid not," an apostrophe is sometimes used in place of the missing letter. A: "Will you be able to attend the meeting tomorrow?" B: "I'm afraid not. I'm going to be out of town." A: "Could you loan me a hundred bucks?" B: "'Fraid not. I'm broke."
See also: not

(I'm) afraid not.

 and 'Fraid not.
I believe, regrettably, that the answer is no. (The apostrophe is not always shown.) Rachel: Can I expect any help with this problem? Henry: I'm afraid not. Andrew: Will you be there when I get there? Bill: Afraid not.
See also: afraid, not
References in classic literature ?
I'm 'fraid not, Mas'r," said Tom, with a grave face.
Ian Brooke from the 'Fraid Not Society' said: "The commemoration of the bicentenary of the Luddite rising would not have been complete without the smashing of at least one machine.
Fraid not, friends: you see, by the time we assemble to shed a tartan tear for the Flower o' Scotland Berwick-upon-Tweed, currently at the top end of England, might well find itself as the parson's nose of Scotland.
Fraid not, it is an ancient sword, found at Bamburgh 50 years ago and made an astonishing 1,400 years ago and it's finally returned to Bamburgh ( so there
Fraid not - he's a scuba diver and it may have got in the way.
Fraid not, although Paul Brinnegar (1925-95) did appear in some dozen movies including Charro ('69) and Maverick ('94).