no ifs or buts

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no ifs or buts

Without excuses, compromises, or caveats of any kind. Clean up your toys right now, young man—no ifs or buts!
See also: but, if, no

no ifs or buts (about it)

1. Without a doubt or reservation. We're definitely going to lose our jobs after this merger, no ifs or buts about it.
2. Absolutely no excuses, discussion, or protestations (about something). I don't care how, but you make sure you're at your son's party tomorrow—no ifs or buts about it! No ifs or buts—just do as I tell you!
See also: but, if, no
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no ifs or buts

Also, no ifs, ands, or buts. No reservations, restrictions, or excuses, as in You'd better be there tomorrow, and no ifs, ands, or buts about it. This expression uses the conjunctions to stand for the conditions and objections that they introduce. The earliest phrase to appear was ifs and ands in the 1600s. This phrase is actually an emphatic redundancy, for and often meant "if." But was tacked on to this pair soon afterward.
See also: but, if, no
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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References in classic literature ?
It is the spirit that stoopeth the shoulders, I ween, and not the weight; for armor is heavy, yet it is a proud burden, and a man standeth straight in it......Nay, but me no buts, offer me no objections.
Cheltenham Festival runner No Buts bids to make it third time lucky at the Midlands track - he has finished second and third at the course - but will need to start sharper than he did last time.
Winning team Tom Scudamore is aboard No Buts and will be having his 200th ride for David Bridgwater in the last five seasons - the pair have teamed up for 43 winners in that time and have a level-stake profit of PS55.79.
David Bridgwater, trainer of No Buts He missed the start at Cheltenham and ran exceptionally well without troubling the judge.
An official rating of 132 is as low as you want to go, so that rules out Workbench, leaving us with Caid Du Berlais and No Buts.
However, I'm not convinced he can defy a 5lb rise against NO BUTS.
The No Ifs, No Buts scheme is intended to highlight the problem of taxpayers' money being stolen by thieves.
We will crack down on anyone guilty of cheating the community - no ifs, no buts.'
DON'T HESITATE -- back NO BUTS to win the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup (2.00, CH4) at Cheltenham this afternoon.
No Buts secured his place in today's line-up when romping in by eight lengths at last month's Hennessy Gold Cup fixture.