by no means


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by no means

Not in any way; not at all; absolutely not. A: "Tell me the truth: you thought that the play was awful." B: "By no means! It wasn't perfect, but I definitely enjoyed it." By no means shall our country be drawn into yet another war overseas.
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by no means

absolutely not; certainly not. I'm by no means angry with you. Bob: Did you put this box here? Tom: By no means. I didn't do it, I'm sure.
See also: by, mean, no
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

by no means

Also, not by any means. In no way, certainly not. For example, He is by no means a weak opponent, or Not by any means will I go along with that decision. [Late 1400s]
See also: by, mean, no
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by ˈno (manner of) means

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not by ˈany (manner of) means

in no way at all; definitely not: She is by no means poor, believe me. She only pretends to be.He hasn’t won yet, not by any manner of means.
See also: by, mean, no
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by no means

In no sense; certainly not: This remark by no means should be taken lightly.
See also: by, mean, no
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