(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 afraid not. Warren has been very decent, though.
"I'm afraid not. I'd like to think cats have a chance for heaven, but I can't.
'No, I'm afraid not. The public doesn't know Pickering.
I'm afraid not. It started worse than ever about two minutes ago.
You know," she said, turning to Helen, "I don't think music's altogether good for people-- I'm afraid not."
Don't think to plead illness as an excuse with me; or babies as an excuse with me; for all sick persons and young children (I hope you know the church-service, but I'm afraid not) I am determined to Put Down.
But, I'm afraid not even Gerard Butler could save the current White House from a new baddie.
The national elections in 2008 and 2012 should have been a good lesson, but I'm afraid not many saw the writing on the wall.
"I'm afraid not. But could I ask my wife to apply?"
I'm afraid not. On Tuesday, there will be another important day in the House of Commons.
Practise say- ing "sadly not", "no, darling", "I'm afraid not".
No, I'm afraid not, we wouldn't want to frazzle your brain with anything too heavy today anyway.
But crucially, he added: "That does not mean that any of the parts of the UK have a veto over this process so consultation most certainly, but veto - I'm afraid not."
Does being in Corrie and TOWIE make I'm afraid not. Get a grip on reality.