(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) (a)fraid so

A response used to politely answer a question in the affirmative when the speaker regrets that this is the case. When the phrase is abbreviated to "'fraid so," an apostrophe is sometimes used in place of the missing letter. A: "Are you really moving all the way across the country?" B: "I'm afraid so." A: "Are you going to be working late again tonight?" B: "'Fraid so."
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When asked what he [infant Ernest Hemingway] is afraid of" wrote Grace [his mother], "he shouts out fraid a nothing, with great gusto.
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To be clear, MBA does not believe lenders should be absolved of their duty to protect against fraid and to verify, document and thoroughly evaluate a borrower's financial resources and obligations prior to extending credit," Stevens stated in the letter.
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SOUNDBITE) (English) SUREKHA SHAH, A GIRL CRYING SAYING: "I am really very fraid.
141); how they distort all experience: "As if the boys laughing, but they only laughing because they fraid to cry, they only laughing because to think so much about everything would be a big calamity--like how he here now, the thoughts so heavy like he unable to move his body" (p.