not by any means

not by any means

Not in any way; not at all; absolutely not. A: "Tell me the truth: you thought that the play was awful." B: "Not by any means! It wasn't perfect, but I definitely enjoyed it." Not by any means shall our country be drawn into yet another war overseas.
See also: any, by, mean, not
References in classic literature ?
The Dolphin, though quite willing to give him assistance, was unable to do so, as he could not by any means reach the land.
I have sent Charles to town to make matters up if he can, for I do not by any means want her here.
And though this also holds true of merchant vessels, yet not by any means to the same extent as with whalemen.
Several large islands certainly exist in the lake; one of which is said to be mountainous, but not by any means to the extent required to furnish the series of peaks above mentioned.
As to our lodging, it's not by any means splendid, because I have my own bread to earn, and my father hasn't anything to give me, and I shouldn't be willing to take it, if he had.
I was right, as appeared later; but in the meantime, the house being stifling hot and the little patch of sand inside the palisade ablaze with midday sun, I began to get another thought into my head, which was not by any means so right.
The Kurdish presidency called the Turkish government and the PKK party to adopt dialogue to solve the question, "because fighting will not by any means".
Vet the ending is appropriate, and it is not by any means disappointing.
"But rarely do we appreciate battles as human phenomena of the cumulative effects--the ripples--that change communities for years, or centuries even, well after the day's killing is over." This is not by any means an anti-war argument.
Harris's work is not by any means the final word, but it is a good introduction to the world of Baptists.
While apparently confining extra dimensions to less than 0.2 mm, the new result "does not by any means rule anything out," argues Nima Arkani-Hamed of Lawrence Berkeley (Calif.) National Laboratory.
To be sure, one need not by any means arrive at the conclusion that literature or the Academy has no useful role in relation to the excluded or dominated Other.
We have here a collection of pioneering essays that scout unfamiliar terrain, not by any means a definitive work.