by no means


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by no means

absolutely not; certainly not. I'm by no means angry with you. Bob: Did you put this box here? Tom: By no means. I didn't do it, I'm sure.
See also: mean

by no means

(slightly formal) also not by any means
not in any way This is by no means a terrible film. We are by no means finished yet.
Usage notes: usually used to disagree with someone who might have an opposite opinion
See also: mean

by no means

Also, not by any means. In no way, certainly not. For example, He is by no means a weak opponent, or Not by any means will I go along with that decision. [Late 1400s]
See also: mean

by no means

In no sense; certainly not: This remark by no means should be taken lightly.
See also: mean
References in classic literature ?
I am by no means confident that the distinction between images and sensations is ultimately valid, and I should be glad to be convinced that images can be reduced to sensations of a peculiar kind.
He speaks in churches that by no means are Lutheran or have any Lutheran confessions.
ANAHEIM - By no means are the Angels anywhere close to being the offensive powerhouse they had hoped and expected to be.
Schoeneweis was by no means dominating, as the Blue Jays put at least one runner on base in each of the first five innings.
By no means emphatic in drawing attention to themselves, they jostle for prominence with several other distractions from the main geographic outlines: town plans, ships of many types, landscapes, elaborate cartouches.
The life, if one may call it that, of the vault paintings has almost nothing to do with their location; and, while the link between vault and walls is incontrovertible, its effect is by no means overwhelming.