(I'm) (a)fraid not

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(I'm) (a)fraid not

A response used to reluctantly decline an invitation or politely answer a question in the negative, indicating regret that the answer is "no." When the phrase is abbreviated to "'fraid not," an apostrophe is sometimes used in place of the missing letter. A: "Will you be able to attend the meeting tomorrow?" B: "I'm afraid not. I'm going to be out of town." A: "Could you loan me a hundred bucks?" B: "'Fraid not. I'm broke."
See also: not

(I'm) afraid not.

 and 'Fraid not.
I believe, regrettably, that the answer is no. (The apostrophe is not always shown.) Rachel: Can I expect any help with this problem? Henry: I'm afraid not. Andrew: Will you be there when I get there? Bill: Afraid not.
See also: afraid, not
References in classic literature ?
"I'm 'fraid not, Mas'r," said Tom, with a grave face.
Our editor studied the tales of the tape before publication and asked: "Combined, have they lost the equivalent of an elephant?" "'Fraid not," cautioned our health correspondent, studying her laptop.
His loyal sidekick William Hague, the British Foreign Secretary (also known as "Tonto"), asks the Egyptian authorities politely to refrain from violence because "now is the time for dialogue, not confrontation." 'Fraid not. Now is the time for murder, and foreign democrats are holding the murderer's coat.
'Fraid not: I quickly gained a reputation among the merry band of arts writers as the token Luddite.
Dave King, co-ordinator of Luddite 200 said: "We are glad that this exhibition of machine breaking has finally taken place, but wish that the people of Huddersfield could have had the opportunity to see it.'' Ian Brooke from the 'Fraid Not Society' said: "The commemoration of the bicentenary of the Luddite rising would not have been complete without the smashing of at least one machine.'' Luddite 200 was set up both to commemorate the bicentenary of Luddism and to generate debate about the impact of science and technology, such as genetic engineering, in the 21st Century.
"You know: 'Jowly British journalist interviews long-suffering London landlord about expenses-fiddling MPs he serves'?" "No, 'fraid not," said my producer.
'Fraid not. The second oldest club in Lancashire was established in January 1877 by Dr Lister, Dr Watkins and the Rev H Siddall among others and is the Haydock Park Golf Club.
"'Fraid not, although bagsy the wetsuit if it ever comes to that," she says.
Can you make the 6am strategy meeting?" Colin: "'Fraid not, babes.
'Fraid not, friends: you see, by the time we assemble to shed a tartan tear for the Flower o' Scotland Berwick-upon-Tweed, currently at the top end of England, might well find itself as the parson's nose of Scotland.
'Fraid not, it is an ancient sword, found at Bamburgh 50 years ago and made an astonishing 1,400 years ago and it's finally returned to Bamburgh ( so there!
'Fraid not - he's a scuba diver and it may have got in the way.
"'Fraid not," said my very friendly server, who might have thought of an alternative idea...
'Fraid not, although Paul Brinnegar (1925-95) did appear in some dozen movies including Charro ('69) and Maverick ('94).
'Fraid not. Even if customers queued up to buy the F-1, Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott and Chancellor Gordon Brown's plans to drive gas- guzzlers such as the big Ford into a corner will ensure the F-1 stays at home on the range.