no ifs or buts

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

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
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A CRIME chief says criminals who attack the police should be jailed with 'no ifs or buts' as new statistics show more officers are being assaulted in the North East.
He said: "The UK will be leaving the EU on October 31 whatever the circumstances, there are no ifs or buts.
going to restore trust in our democracy, and we are going to fulfill the repeated promises of parliament to the people and come out of the EU on October 31, no ifs or buts," he added in his speech outside 10 Downing Street, the UK PM's official residence today.
31 with "no ifs or buts" and warned that if the European Union refused to negotiate then there would be a no-deal Brexit.
There were no ifs or buts from these scientists, it was "magic".
"So today, I want to give a loud and clear message from this Conference to Ed Miliband, a message which every single Labour Party member and supporter, and every decent minded person right across the country who will passionately agree with us here today: Ed - no arguments, no ifs or buts: do it now, do it today, say you will repeal the bedroom tax."
No ifs or buts - this speaks for itself as regards how dangerous it can be.
If we win we are safe, no ifs or buts. Yet if we don't win, then we TURN TO PAGE 39
Workers had a letter back in April saying this scheme was going to close, no ifs or buts, and now it is not.
Their no ifs or buts verdict on the stay-away, misfiring, mega-rich goal duds (oops, dudes) Alves and Mido who skipped pre-season training was penalty spot on.
The whole business would become a lot clearer if either Martin Pipe or David Johnson told us for definite, with no ifs or buts, whether or not he is out for the entire campaign.
Asked if he would go, if he became a liability to the party, he said: 'Absolutely - no ifs or buts.'
THERE can be no ifs or buts. Honda MUST export its Element off-roader to Britain or, even better, build the thing at its Swindon factory.
"No ifs or buts - we simply must beat Poland or we can forget any hopes of qualifying for next year's World Cup finals," said Hughes as he looked ahead to the most crucial encounter in his 20 months as Welsh manager.
When he struts he struts With no ifs or buts. When his face is apoplectic, His harem grows hectic And when he gobbles, Their universe wabbles.