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I don't mean maybe

I'm not joking about this; do what I'm asking or demanding without question or protest. I told you to go clean your room, and I don't mean maybe!
See also: maybe, mean

maybe some other time

1. A polite way to refuse an invitation. A: "Would you like to go out for dinner tonight?" B: "Sorry, maybe some other time. I have a lot of work I need to catch up on."
2. A polite response to such a refusal. A: "I wish I could come to your house for dinner, but I told my sister I would babysit for her." B: "That's all right, maybe some other time."
See also: maybe, other, time

maybe another time

1. A polite way to refuse an invitation. A: "Would you like to go out for dinner tonight?" B: "Sorry, maybe another time. I have a lot of work I need to catch up on."
2. A polite response to such a refusal. A: "I wish I could come to your house for dinner, but I told my sister I would babysit for her." B: "That's all right, maybe another time."
See also: another, maybe, time

maybees don't fly in June

It doesn't do any good to be so indecisive; quit thinking about hypothetical outcomes and make a decision. A pun on "maybe" and "bees," which are most prevalent in the summer months. A: "I think I prefer green, but maybe blue would be a better color for this room." B: "Look, maybees don't fly in June. Just pick one."
See also: fly, maybe

I don't mean maybe!

Inf. I am very serious about my demand or order. Bob: Do I have to do this? Sue: Do it now, and I don't mean maybe! Father: Get this place cleaned up! And I don't mean maybe! John: All right! I'll do it!
See also: mean

Maybe some other time.

 and We'll try again some other time.
a polite phrase said by a person whose invitation has just been turned down by another person. Bill: Do you think you can come to the party? Bob: I'll have to beg off. I have another engagement. Bill: Maybe some other time. John: Can you and Alice come over this Friday? Bill: Gee, sorry. We have something else on. John: We'll try again some other time.
See also: maybe, other, time

I don’t mean maybe!

exclam. I am not kidding! You get over here right now, and I don’t mean maybe!
See also: mean

Maybees don't fly in June

Stop changing your mind so much. “Maybees” is a pun on “maybes,” as in “If I do X, then maybe Y will happen, but if I don't do X, then maybe Z will happen . . . I just can't decide.” When someone used to hesitate in such a fashion, someone else would be sure to pipe up with the reminder that “maybes don't fly in June.”
See also: fly, Maybe
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