(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 ?
You know," she said, turning to Helen, "I don't think music's altogether good for people-- I'm afraid not.
No, I'm afraid not, we wouldn't want to frazzle your brain with anything too heavy today anyway.
But crucially, he added: "That does not mean that any of the parts of the UK have a veto over this process so consultation most certainly, but veto - I'm afraid not.
He joked: "It depends on how good looking the girls are, if they're really attractive they're very, very welcome, the uglier ones I'm afraid not.
The judge added: "The idea now that you can come before the court and say that if you should be given some structure you might not re-offend is I'm afraid not good enough.
S: I'm afraid not, my dear apple-polishing apprentice.
I don't want to unduly pick on Sam Mendes, but when he spoke about his inspirations earlier this evening, I'm afraid not a single one of the people he mentioned was a woman," she said at the ceremony.
No, I'm afraid not, but there are still three Aussies remaining in the line-up including founder members Steve Mac on guitar and Jason Sawford on keyboards.
I'm afraid not, beyond what has been mentioned in the Copenhagen Accord, which is that for the next three years, $10 billion will be available essentially to support adaptation action in the most vulnerable countries.
Roger Hall is running for the Lane Community College board of directors and I'm afraid not enough people know this because he's one of the ones who doesn't like the politics but is the best for the job.
Does being in Corrie and TOWIE make I'm afraid not.
I'm afraid not, Channel 4, this one is going to run and run.
I'm afraid not, since a vaccine was invented decades ago.
And since this column intends to remain consistent in its policy of trying to deliver home truths rather than ingratiating platitudes, I'm afraid not everything that follows will make quite as pleasant reading for his fans.
But I'm afraid not everyone sees the precision with which you aim your electronic salvos, Mafiaboy.