afraid not

(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 ?
Well, my dear,' returned Mrs Boffin, giving her a squeeze, 'it's kind of you to find that reason out, and I hope it may have been so, and indeed to a certain extent I believe it was so, but I am afraid not to the whole extent.
There was no telling; the people were afraid not, and they were all trying to get it.
And so O-Tar stood with his hand upon the door--afraid to enter; afraid not to.
I was afraid not of his six foot, not of getting a sound thrashing and being thrown out of the window; I should have had physical courage enough, I assure you; but I had not the moral courage.
He was afraid not even Miss Woodhouse"he stopt a moment "or Miss Smith could inspire him.
I am afraid not,' says he, 'for I am really afraid she won't have me; after all my sister's huffing and blustering, I believe I shall never be able to persuade her to it.
You know," she said, turning to Helen, "I don't think music's altogether good for people-- I'm afraid not.
But coming into business with me, I'm afraid not, my friend.
Afraid not, for I'm the Ferryman, I only take one way passengers, but there be a boat that sails within your dream, of that I'm not the Captain, but you can be assured from time to time, there you will see your beloved Nell.
Isabelle Campbell, Coatbridge AI'm afraid not, Isabelle.
Matt Kilgallon was trying to claim it hit his head on its way through, but I am afraid not - it was Seb's goal.
GDA: I'm afraid not, if you plan to pass your house and other assets to anyone other than your spouse when you die.
Afraid not, the Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday as it announced that the Pizzeria Uno restaurant chain has agreed to stop advertising a line of thin-crust pizzas as ``low fat.
The union barons will make the federal work force afraid not to strike," warned Larson.