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a no-no

Something, typically an action, that is objectionable or prohibited. If you're trying to become friends with this woman, criticizing her style of parenting is a no-no. Talking in the middle of a Broadway play is a real no-no.


n. something that is not (to be) done. (Essentially juvenile.) She seems to delight in doing all the no-nos.

no-no, a

A prohibition or taboo; something that is forbidden or at least discouraged. The term dates from the mid-1900s and was popularized in the late 1960s in a television show, Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In. Danielle and John Kinkel used it in the Boston Globe (Feb. 24, 2005) in a piece about the shortage of Roman Catholic priests: “First, everyone knows that ordaining women is a papal no-no and will not be acted upon in the near future.”
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Other no-nos included searching online to find out how successful your date is, as well as turning down a date because the person asking is perceived as unsuccessful, with 63 percent and 61 percent condemning those actions, respectively.
IActually, that's a lie - I am a tremendously fussy eater - any seafood with its eyes still attached, all vegetables beginning with 'B' and red meat being particular no-nos.
Doing the wrong things can speed up your skin's ageing process, and you might be surprised at what some of those no-nos are," says American dermatologist Dr Tess Mauricio.
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And her top fashion no-nos include, "Wearing trainers with anything that isn't gym clothes, bra-straps showing, too much caked-on make-up, a dress that's too tight -- fit is important -- and greasy hair.
IF regular exercise sessions aren't scoring you the results you were hoping for, it's probably because you're guilty of these three exercise no-nos.
Also, friends' and family members' names, words in the dictionary, and common names (John, Robert, Elizabeth, Jennifer) are no-nos, as are repeating your username/login information or simply swiping the keyboard ("qwerty" or "asdfgh").
Sure, you know not to force your turnout, or to do "passive stretching" before class, but you'll find some surprising other no-nos here.
With so many companies basically being controlled by the finance department, the level of remuneration paid to external partners is very carefully monitored, so one of the biggest no-nos is to end up increasing your cost/investment over time.
The first is that businesses have the right to set reasonable standards for service, as long as those standards don't discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, disability and other statutory no-nos.
It got me thinking about what we do, and the big no-nos you want to avoid.