no can do


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no can do

I can't do that; that cannot be done; that's not possible. A: "I need the keys into the storage closet." B: "No can do. I'm under strict orders not to lend them to anyone until we figure out who's been stealing supplies." A: "Why don't we just reset the servers?" B: "No can do! We have so much connected to the live servers that resetting them would cause a system-wide meltdown."
See also: can, no

no can do

Inf. It can't be done.; I can't do it. Sorry, John. No can do. I can't sell you this one. I've promised it to Mrs. Smith. Bill: Please fix this clock today. Bob: No can do. It'll take a week to get the parts.
See also: can, no

no can do

It's impossible; I can't do this. For example, When Bill asked me to write a speech, I told him bluntly no can do. This colloquial phrase was first recorded in 1914.
See also: can, no

no can do

I am unable to do it (used especially in refusing to comply with a request). informal
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No can do!

sent. It can’t be done.; I can’t do it. Lend you $200? No can do!
See also: can, no