not done


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not done

not socially acceptable Where he comes from, saying no to someone who wants to help is not done.
Usage notes: often used after just or simply: In 1932, living with someone you weren't married to was simply not done.
See also: done, not

not done

Socially unacceptable, improper, as in Bringing along two friends without asking, that's not done. [First half of 1900s]
See also: done, not
References in classic literature ?
And I repeat," said Barbicane; "who told you that they have not done it?
Then the King went angrily to the cook, and scolded him, and asked him why he had not done what he was told.
We know we have to face hard truths and take strong steps, but we have not done so.
That is not all; then, you say, science itself will teach man (though to my mind it's a superfluous luxury) that he never has really had any caprice or will of his own, and that he himself is something of the nature of a piano-key or the stop of an organ, and that there are, besides, things called the laws of nature; so that everything he does is not done by his willing it, but is done of itself, by the laws of nature.
But it takes time to make a raft, even when one is as industrious and untiring as the Tin Woodman, and when night came the work was not done.
I can speak as I like, and I tell you plainly that there are not many wives with husbands such as you who would not have taken lovers (des amants), but I have not done so," said she.
Yet, had he not done this, Jerry, who ate his food and who was growing accustomed to changing his masters, would have accepted Nalasu for master.
Dear Miss Emily," he said, "you distress me: you have not done me justice.
Here he paused, but not long; for as he looked round, as if expecting the attendant to have followed, and wondering she had not done so, a lovely girl appeared, whose dark hair next moment rested on his breast.
Tom looked up with that momentary stopping of the breath which comes with a sudden joy; then he gave a long sigh, and turned his blue-gray eyes straight on Philip's face, as he had not done for a fortnight or more.
Another was that she had not done as well on the stage as she had expected to do.
Davis had evidently taken his coffee too strong that morning, there was an east wind, which always affected his neuralgia, and his pupils had not done him the credit which he felt he deserved.
Father Fochel of the Cathedral had attempted to explain it; but he had not done so to her satisfaction.
You wanted to burn me alive when I had not done you any harm, and latterly you have been trying to injure my professional reputation.
No one, at least, can think I have not done enough for them: even themselves, they can hardly expect more.