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not for one instant

Not for any length of time; not at any point; not at all or in any capacity. Not for one instant did I think this would be a winning ticket, so I was totally gobsmacked to find out I'd won the jackpot! A: "So, did you suspect we were throwing you a surprise party?" B: "No, not for one instant!"
See also: instant, not, one

not for a instant

Not for any length of time; not at any point; not at all or in any capacity. Not for a instant did I think this would be a winning ticket, so I was totally gobsmacked to find out I'd won the jackpot! A: "So, did you suspect we were throwing you a surprise party?" B: "No, not for a instant!"
See also: instant, not

not for one second

Not for any length of time; not at any point; not at all or in any capacity. Not for one second did I think this would be a winning ticket, so I was totally gobsmacked to find out I'd won the jackpot! A: "So, did you suspect we were throwing you a surprise party?" B: "No, not for one second!"
See also: not, one, second

not for a second

Not for any length of time; not at any point; not at all or in any capacity. Not for a second did I think this would be a winning ticket, so I was totally gobsmacked to find out I'd won the jackpot! A: "So, did you suspect we were throwing you a surprise party?" B: "No, not for a second!"
See also: not, second

not for one minute

Not for any length of time; not at any point; not at all or in any capacity. Not for one minute did I think this would be a winning ticket, so I was totally gobsmacked to find out I'd won the jackpot! A: "So, did you suspect we were throwing you a surprise party?" B: "No, not for one minute!"
See also: minute, not, one

not for a minute

Not for any length of time; not at any point; not at all or in any capacity. Not for a minute did I think this would be a winning ticket, so I was totally gobsmacked to find out I'd won the jackpot! A: "So, did you suspect we were throwing you a surprise party?" B: "No, not for a minute!"
See also: minute, not

not for one moment

Not for any length of time; not at any point; not at all or in any capacity. Not for one moment did I think this would be a winning ticket, so I was totally gobsmacked to find out I'd won the jackpot! A: "So, did you suspect we were throwing you a surprise party?" B: "No, not for one moment!"
See also: moment, not, one

not for a moment

Not for any length of time; not at any point; not at all or in any capacity. Not for a moment did I think this would be a winning ticket, so I was totally gobsmacked to find out I'd won the jackpot! A: "So, did you suspect we were throwing you a surprise party?" B: "No, not for a moment!"
See also: moment, not

not for a moment

not at all; not even for a short amount of time; never. I don't want you to leave. Not for a moment! I could not wish such a horrible punishment on anyone. Not for a moment!
See also: moment, not

not for a moment

Never, not in the least, as in Not for a moment did I believe he was telling the truth. This expression employs moment in the sense of "the tiniest length of time," a usage dating from the mid-1300s.
See also: moment, not

not for a/one ˈminute/ˈmoment/ˈsecond/ˈinstant

(informal) not at all; definitely not: I didn’t think for a minute that he was married.Not for one instant would I ever consider going there on holiday again.
References in classic literature ?
At the same instant I saw that the thing that had struck us was the trailing anchor of a rather fair-sized air vessel; possibly a ten man cruiser.
In another instant I was carried beyond the crest of the Golden Cliffs, out over the Valley Dor, where, six thousand feet below me, the Lost Sea of Korus lay shimmering in the moonlight.
Another instant, and she had told me that which I would have given all but life itself to know.
He turned a white face that gave me half an instant's pause.
At the same instant Dian caught my arm and pointed toward the village.
Now hurry, and tell Juag to be ready to shove off the moment I reach the boat, or the instant that it becomes apparent that I cannot reach it.
In an instant he forgot that he had come here to kill the white-haired man, and with a bound stood in the center of the room--an unarmed giant towering above the battling four.
We go cautiously for a lifetime, and then, just for an instant, we forget, and--" he ground his teeth in mimicry of the crunching of great jaws in flesh.
Wide eyes viewed him for an instant, and then, with screams of terror, the children turned and fled toward the village.
Sudden hatred flared in them to wither the expression of glad friendliness that had lighted them but an instant before.
It was then that Lakor quickly unslung a belt from his harness, and as I stepped back to parry a wicked thrust he lashed one end of it about my left ankle so that it wound there for an instant, while he jerked suddenly upon the other end, throwing me heavily upon my back.
To have attempted to cross that floor would have been to court instant death, and for a moment I was almost completely discouraged.
I fell heavily upon him, but was upon my feet in the instant. As I arose, I cast a single glance at my opponent.
At the same instant the tug pointed its stern straight toward the sky and plunged out of sight.