not for one moment


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not for one moment

Not for any length of time; not at any point; not at all or in any capacity. Not for one moment did I think this would be a winning ticket, so I was totally gobsmacked to find out I'd won the jackpot! A: "So, did you suspect we were throwing you a surprise party?" B: "No, not for one moment!"
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not for a/one ˈminute/ˈmoment/ˈsecond/ˈinstant

(informal) not at all; definitely not: I didn’t think for a minute that he was married.Not for one instant would I ever consider going there on holiday again.
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I very rarely drink alcohol and never smoked, and I was in the gym at least four days a week and played my sport of table tennis at a high level so I did not for one moment expect what was going to follow.
She did not for one moment anticipate that it would have such an effect that a young child would be taken to hospital.
I do not for one moment feel that I am above criticism.
Not for one moment am I going to claim this to be the be all and end all of handling excellence.
Not for one moment did Derbyshire's visit threaten to end the soporific sequence.
Asked if he thought that Gordon Brown should step aside, Mr Prescott replied: "No I don't, not for one moment.
The editors and contributors to the book do not for one moment belittle feminism, but why did wedding dresses--and with them, the idea of wedding--need to be the subject of a book?
He told the killer, who was identified and brought to justice because of his distinctive blue Prada hat: "I am not for one moment suggesting you should be released at the end of this period.
But I have not for one moment thought about England not qualifying for Germany, I cannot allow myself to think that way.
But not for one moment do I think that the British taxpayer should pay the pounds 500,000 cost of their hospital treatment.
As a Canadian and as a Catholic, I do not for one moment wish to impose my moral code on anyone, nor do I wish to deny any woman the "right" to choose to have an abortion, but by the same token I should not be denied the right to refuse to pay or permit any portion of my tax dollars to pay for any expenses related to therapeutic abortions.
And Tu'ipulotu is convinced the score would have been much different if it was not for one moment of typical hot-headedness 30 minutes into the game which saw two Tongans and one England player cautioned and Tongan prop Ngalu Taufo'ou sent off.
Not for one moment did the 48-times capped centre-back think he'd be stepping out at the Euro 2016 finals with Northern Ireland.
I'm not for one moment finding that you were directly involved in those matters.
I do not for one moment think that this was an intentional reference to the Nazi abomination.