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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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My favourite lesson was learning hair and makeup no-nos.
Other cold spot no-nos in a prospective partner are cold hands (19 per cent), cold chests (five per cent) and even noses (three per cent).
Other no-nos were answering a direct technical question over the radio from a driver, such as "am I using the right torque map?", and information about the level of fuel saving needed.
While pregnant or nursing, coffee or energy drinks may be no-nos, so enjoy an all-natural lift with Boost-It-Up, the energy and anti-nausea drink that's rich in protein, B-vitamins, ginger, fiber, and electrolytes.
In putting his brand on the dusty genre, director Kristian Levring ("The King Is Alive") has abandoned all trace of his involvement with the Dogma 95 movement, delivering a highly stylized widescreen revenge picture loaded with weapons, and driven entirely by "superficial action" (both Dogma no-nos).
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.
Not only does it revolve around Danish politics, but it's also subtitled, two great big fat no-nos surely.
There is one logic error: when Sammy learns the rules, he discovers that he has some 'no-nos' hidden in his room that he needs to put in a bag and hide, but in the list of his rules, there is nothing noted that would make sense to bag, hide, or keep.
THONG bikini bottoms, socks and sandals, skimpy trunks and baggy, see-through swimwear are the biggest summer-fashion no-nos. A survey by XTRA LIFE LYCRA(r) fibre found 42 per cent of Brits have had an embarrassing swimwear mishap - the worst being it turning see-through.
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."
No-nos: Tea experts forbid the following in fine tea