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no nonsense

adjective Totally serious; with no tricks or deceit. (Hyphenated before a noun.) The new manager is very no nonsense in how he deals with customer complaints. We're going to start adopting a no-nonsense approach to the problem.
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stuff and nonsense

Foolishness; absurd behavior or talk. We have a meeting each week meant to motivate staff, but it's just stuff and nonsense from management. Stuff and nonsense! I'd be happy to help you move next week.
See also: and, nonsense, stuff

make nonsense of something

to make something appear to be silly or nonsensical. You are just making nonsense of everything I have tried to do. Your statement makes nonsense of everything you have said before.
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no nonsense

without any tricks, deceit, or wasting of time. (Hyphenated before nominals.) Let's have no nonsense while we are rehearsing the presentation! Elton is a no-nonsense kind of guy.
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stuff and nonsense

foolishness; foolish talk. Come on! Don't give me all that stuff and nonsense! I don't understand this book. It's all stuff and nonsense as far as I am concerned.
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stuff and nonsense

Utter foolishness or absurdity, as in Stuff and nonsense, of course I can pack a suitcase. Often used as an interjection, this idiom employs stuff in the sense of "rubbish." It was first recorded in 1749.
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make nonsense (or a nonsense) of

reduce the value of something to a ridiculous degree.
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a load of (old) ˈrubbish, ˈnonsense, etc.

(informal) nonsense; worthless: Don’t bother to watch that film. It’s a load of old rubbish.
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make (a) ˈnonsense of something

reduce the value of something by a lot; make something seem ridiculous: If people can bribe police officers, it makes a complete nonsense of the legal system.
See also: make, nonsense, of, something

stuff and ˈnonsense

(spoken, old-fashioned) used to say that you think something is not true or stupid: A hotel for the night? Stuff and nonsense! You’re staying here with us.
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As opposed to the more traditional substantial reading, by which some kinds of nonsense can point beyond the limits of language to show otherwise ineffable truths, the resolute reading 'takes nonsense seriously as a term of criticism: nonsense is not a special or hidden kind of sense, and there is no content to what nonsense is trying to say, if it could only succeed in breaking the "linguistic rules" it allegedly violates.
In their view, since all nonsense is "plain nonsense," even the distinction between showing and saying turns out to be just another rung on the Tractarian ladder one kicks away once one has climbed it.
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Fluency of nonsense word reading was used as the dependent variable and fluency of sound recognition within nonsense words was used as a collateral measure.