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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There is no middle ground on this, the British people voted to leave the EU and there were no ifs or buts.
There were no ifs or buts from these scientists, it was "magic".
No ifs or buts - this speaks for itself as regards how dangerous it can be.
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.
No ifs or buts, no pathetic excuses from solicitors, etc.
Forfar sheriff Kevin Veal ordered a psychiatric report and warned: "If it is not available in five weeks' time, he will be remanded in custody - no ifs or buts about it.
I therefore challenge all the parliamentary candidates for Nuneaton and North Warwickshire to publicly state in the newspaper if they would vote either against or for fox hunting; no ifs or buts or fudging the question, just a straight-forward 'yes' or 'no' would sufice.
If somebody builds or makes an alteration to a property without due approval, and doesn't stick to the approval, then it should be pulled down and removed by a council demolition squad, no ifs or buts, and the full cost paid for by the perpetrator of the building work.
A King's Regiment spokesman said: ``There are no ifs or buts in the army.
He said: "There are no ifs or buts - we should have won that game.