not by any means

not by any means

Not in any way; not at all; absolutely not. A: "Tell me the truth: you thought that the play was awful." B: "Not by any means! It wasn't perfect, but I definitely enjoyed it." Not by any means shall our country be drawn into yet another war overseas.
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References in classic literature ?
It aims to express the inner truth or central principles of things, without anxiety for minor details, and it is by nature largely intellectual in quality, though not by any means to the exclusion of emotion.
Vet the ending is appropriate, and it is not by any means disappointing.
I do not by any means believe the initiative, the referendum and the recall are the panacea for all our political ills,'' he said, ``yet they do give the electorate the power of action when desired, and they do place in the hands of the people the means by which they may protect themselves.
Harris's work is not by any means the final word, but it is a good introduction to the world of Baptists.
Michael Goodman, senior analyst for the Yankee Group's Media & Entertainment Strategies research and consulting practice, cautions: "Software downloads are not by any means the perfect solution.