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I don't mean maybe

I'm not joking about this; do what I'm asking or demanding without question or protest. I told you to go clean your room, and I don't mean maybe!
See also: maybe, mean

maybe some other time

1. A polite way to refuse an invitation. A: "Would you like to go out for dinner tonight?" B: "Sorry, maybe some other time. I have a lot of work I need to catch up on."
2. A polite response to such a refusal. A: "I wish I could come to your house for dinner, but I told my sister I would babysit for her." B: "That's all right, maybe some other time."
See also: maybe, other, time

maybe another time

1. A polite way to refuse an invitation. A: "Would you like to go out for dinner tonight?" B: "Sorry, maybe another time. I have a lot of work I need to catch up on."
2. A polite response to such a refusal. A: "I wish I could come to your house for dinner, but I told my sister I would babysit for her." B: "That's all right, maybe another time."
See also: another, maybe, time

maybees don't fly in June

It doesn't do any good to be so indecisive; quit thinking about hypothetical outcomes and make a decision. A pun on "maybe" and "bees," which are most prevalent in the summer months. A: "I think I prefer green, but maybe blue would be a better color for this room." B: "Look, maybees don't fly in June. Just pick one."
See also: fly, maybe

I don't mean maybe!

Inf. I am very serious about my demand or order. Bob: Do I have to do this? Sue: Do it now, and I don't mean maybe! Father: Get this place cleaned up! And I don't mean maybe! John: All right! I'll do it!
See also: mean

Maybe some other time.

 and We'll try again some other time.
a polite phrase said by a person whose invitation has just been turned down by another person. Bill: Do you think you can come to the party? Bob: I'll have to beg off. I have another engagement. Bill: Maybe some other time. John: Can you and Alice come over this Friday? Bill: Gee, sorry. We have something else on. John: We'll try again some other time.
See also: maybe, other, time

I don’t mean maybe!

exclam. I am not kidding! You get over here right now, and I don’t mean maybe!
See also: mean

Maybees don't fly in June

Stop changing your mind so much. “Maybees” is a pun on “maybes,” as in “If I do X, then maybe Y will happen, but if I don't do X, then maybe Z will happen . . . I just can't decide.” When someone used to hesitate in such a fashion, someone else would be sure to pipe up with the reminder that “maybes don't fly in June.”
See also: fly, Maybe
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And maybe God is blessing other adversaries of yours and mine that we can't bear to contemplate.
Strasser has clearly done extensive research into the lives of homeless teens, and the pain of homelessness is made vividly real: not only being cold and hungry, but also scratching bedbug bites, not being able to afford medicine when you get sick, worrying about falling prey to stalkers, and being humiliated by people who consider homeless kids scum, like the sadistic security guard who forces Maybe and Rainbow to clean a public library bathroom naked after catching them washing up there.
When we don't want to even pick up this morning's newspaper, when confronted with yet another death toll, when angry with our fellow citizens--we claim that there still exists a possibility for understanding, a possibility for peace and reconciliation, a possibility that today, or maybe tomorrow, good news will triumph, change will happen.
Our Faithkeepers in the Longhouse, they think gratitude is the beginning of knowledge and understanding, and so maybe they'll even say it twice so that the children will hear: "Gratitude is the beginning of knowledge and understanding.
But look, people, if you are one of the world's leading practices, maybe you don't need to say so at the beginning of every single section.
Or maybe Thomas wanted the gift given to the disciples in Jesus' appearance.
Or maybe we should call it a system, since he managed to build a language in which every expression, sentence, and gesture seemed to fit and make sense.
After all, maybe there really will come a time when people (or their companies) will purchase insurance against the needs of old age as routinely as they do against death and accidents, will willingly pay premiums to cover seemingly remote possibilities, and not quarrel with putting their houses on the line for "estate recovery" of uninsured costs covered by their states (in effect, paying back government for programs already b ought and paid for).
Maybe once the Millennium Centre is completed it will improve.
Maybe because he's so camp, maybe because he's so witty, maybe because he's so stylish or maybe it's because he is just So Graham Norton but he's one of the few comics who can make smutty funny.
I thought maybe Canada had put that demeaning role behind us.