afraid not

(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 ?
He put his horse to a trot to avoid seeing all these suffering men, and he felt afraid- afraid not for his life, but for the courage he needed and which he knew would not stand the sight of these unfortunates.
Well, my dear,' returned Mrs Boffin, giving her a squeeze, 'it's kind of you to find that reason out, and I hope it may have been so, and indeed to a certain extent I believe it was so, but I am afraid not to the whole extent.
There was no telling; the people were afraid not, and they were all trying to get it.
And so O-Tar stood with his hand upon the door--afraid to enter; afraid not to.
I was afraid not of his six foot, not of getting a sound thrashing and being thrown out of the window; I should have had physical courage enough, I assure you; but I had not the moral courage.
I'm afraid not, for I didn't have any heart just then.
He was afraid not even Miss Woodhouse"he stopt a moment "or Miss Smith could inspire him.
Report also disclosed that NPAs celebrated the anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines in the area with some residents and children who are just afraid not to go with them," the Army said in a statement.
No, I'm afraid not, we wouldn't want to frazzle your brain with anything too heavy today anyway.
I am afraid not to meet people's high expectations.
No, afraid not, just prepare properly before games.
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.
The mathematics exam that took place on Wednesday has been dubbed the most difficult in the past decade and students and teachers are afraid not even the brightest students will score full marks.
The Israeli formats have become a hot-ticket in the international markets almost to the point that distributers are afraid not to be able to nab the next Israeli format, tells us the executive director at Ananey Communications, Sigal Shaldag.
Muradyan said that the Russians are afraid not of what Armenia