not for one second

not for one second

Not for any length of time; not at any point; not at all or in any capacity. Not for one second did I think this would be a winning ticket, so I was totally gobsmacked to find out I'd won the jackpot! A: "So, did you suspect we were throwing you a surprise party?" B: "No, not for one second!"
See also: not, one, second

not for a/one ˈminute/ˈmoment/ˈsecond/ˈinstant

(informal) not at all; definitely not: I didn’t think for a minute that he was married.Not for one instant would I ever consider going there on holiday again.
References in classic literature ?
I haven't got my skates," Levin answered, marveling at this boldness and ease in her presence, and not for one second losing sight of her, though he did not look at her.
He said: "My family never gave up on me, not for one second.
I did not for one second outcoach him,' said Compton as his Aces improved to 5-2 at Mall of Asia Arena.
I'm not for one second suggesting that, if all things were equal, there isn't a chance there would be a natural discrepancy in the interests and activities that people of different genders are drawn to.
Of all the issues that remain for Koeman, not for one second will he have had reason to question the purchase of Pickford.
The squad wasn't a problem, not for one second, it's all about injuries and the number of games.
I'm not happy about it, obviously not for one second am I happy about it," Federer said.
I'm not for one second saying, however, that this could be a rival to something from Bose or Bang & Olufsen, for example.
And yet not for one second did I feel uncomfortable with any of the subject matter.
Not for one second does anyone doubt that those well-trained and lifesaving doctors and nurses are giving their all for the vulnerable people in their care.
Fan Rachael Swales, from Yarm, said: "We went as a family to see Kat not for one second expecting to speak to her, yet she asked if my six-year-old daughter Emma wanted to wear her medal which she did.
Not for one second -- Keith, the choir, Katrina on piano -- all perfect.