nary a

nary a

Not one, as in There's nary a mention of taxes in that speech, or Nary an officer could be seen. This archaic-sounding contraction of "never a" remains in current use. [Mid-1700s]
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They're obviously compared to Girls Aloud but with nary a Something Kinda Ooh or The Promise in sight they're just not in the same league.
There's nary a grinding guitar or booming acoustic drumbeat in the mix, and George's voice is a crystalline thing, so if you're in the mood for lilting keyboards and pop prettiness, The Bird and the Bee comes up smelling like roses.
Before a belated crackdown in 2002, the city of New York was an open parking lot for diplomats: Pleading immunity, they were free to pluck tickets from their windshields with nary a thought of paying up.
Any one of the federal 'Liberal' pro-life and pro-'family' MPs could have stopped Martin's up n' coming same-sex bill dead in its tracks by crossing the same floor as career-successful Belinda Stronach did, who had nary a particular principle in mind (if anything).
Combining modern dance with Gypsy passion and technique, Baras brought down the house--with nary a polka dot or rose in sight.
Other than some rusty relics of the Pacific War, there is nary a weapon in sight, and nothing on the island gives the impression that this is the easternmost edge of teeming, cosmopolitan Japan.
Usenet sites that exist solely for the swapping of copyrighted movies and software (so-called warez sites) have existed for ten years with nary a peep from the establishment.
The article states that "more than 1,000 proxy statements were reviewed as well as hundreds of articles and reports about board actions--and the lack of action," but nary a mention of operating statements, balance sheets, or stock performance.
How come a Norman Rockwell retrospective occasions gasps and sneers, but the upcoming Wayne Thiebaud survey (eighty works from the '50s on) provokes nary a hiccup?
The set's accompanying DVD packs some dud videos--"Drifting, Falling" by Ocean Blue plays like a bad Haircut 100 knockoff--but there's nary a bum track on its three compact discs.
The self-taught Cullum knows his way around a standard, bringing a modern yet heartfelt sensibility to ``What a Difference a Day Makes,'' ditching the mike and belting the lyrics with nary a note for tuning.
There was nary a coquette nor a gamekeeper's rabbit among them.
It's titled ``Sir Edmund Hillary: King of the World'' with nary a reference to Leonardo DiCaprio.
Host JoAnn Castle (former ivory tickler for The Lawrence Welk Show) does mention in passing that his death was a result of "complications from the AIDS virus" but nary a hint is there otherwise that the man was anything but a piano-playing machine that made middle-aged women's hearts race.
The dancers, noted for their engaging, upbeat style, performed the marathon program with nary a glitch.