ifs and/or buts

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no ifs, ands, or buts (about it)

1. Without a doubt or reservation. We're definitely going to lose our jobs after this merger, no ifs, ands, or buts about it.
2. Absolutely no excuses, discussion, or protestations (about something). I don't care how, but you make sure you're at your son's party tomorrow—no ifs, ands, or buts about it! No ifs, ands, or buts—just do as I tell you!
See also: but, no

ˌifs and/or ˈbuts

(often used in negative sentences) used to stop somebody arguing, protesting or making excuses when you tell them to do something: I want this work finished by Friday and no ifs and buts.
See also: and, but, if
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There is no middle ground on this, the British people voted to leave the EU and there were no ifs or buts.
There were no ifs or buts from these scientists, it was "magic".
No ifs or buts - this speaks for itself as regards how dangerous it can be.
Workers had a letter back in April saying this scheme was going to close, no ifs or buts, and now it is not.
This highlights a gross deficiency in our judicial system as I strongly feel, if anyone is given a life sentence, with no ifs or buts, it should be for life.
Their no ifs or buts verdict on the stay-away, misfiring, mega-rich goal duds (oops, dudes) Alves and Mido who skipped pre-season training was penalty spot on.
The whole business would become a lot clearer if either Martin Pipe or David Johnson told us for definite, with no ifs or buts, whether or not he is out for the entire campaign.
Asked if he would go, if he became a liability to the party, he said: 'Absolutely - no ifs or buts.
No ifs or buts - we simply must beat Poland or we can forget any hopes of qualifying for next year's World Cup finals," said Hughes as he looked ahead to the most crucial encounter in his 20 months as Welsh manager.
No ifs or buts, no pathetic excuses from solicitors, etc.
Forfar sheriff Kevin Veal ordered a psychiatric report and warned: "If it is not available in five weeks' time, he will be remanded in custody - no ifs or buts about it.
I therefore challenge all the parliamentary candidates for Nuneaton and North Warwickshire to publicly state in the newspaper if they would vote either against or for fox hunting; no ifs or buts or fudging the question, just a straight-forward 'yes' or 'no' would sufice.
Terrorism is terrorism, violence is violence and it has no place in Islamic teaching and no justification can be provided for it, or any kind of excuses or ifs or buts.
If somebody builds or makes an alteration to a property without due approval, and doesn't stick to the approval, then it should be pulled down and removed by a council demolition squad, no ifs or buts, and the full cost paid for by the perpetrator of the building work.
A King's Regiment spokesman said: ``There are no ifs or buts in the army.