nothing of the kind

nothing of the kind

Nothing that is similar to, close to, or like what was said or is in question. A: "Bill, are you planning on laying off a bunch of staff!" B: "No, nothing of the kind. We're just exploring options to reduce our expenditures each month, that's all." A: "Did you tell Mary that we were buying her a puppy for Christmas?" B: "I said nothing of the kind! I just asked her if it was something she might like." If taxpayers have been hoping for a bit of extra cash in their pockets after the tax reform bill the president signed today, they should expect nothing of the kind.
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nothing of the kind

 
1. no; absolutely not. I didn't tear your jacket—nothing of the kind! Did I break your vase? Nothing of the kind!
2. nothing like that. That's not true. We did nothing of the kind! She did nothing of the kind! She wasn't even there!
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nothing of the kind

Also, nothing of the sort.
1. No, certainly not, as in Did you push Charlie?-Nothing of the kind! or Do you think the kids were trying to shoplift?-Nothing of the sort. [Second half of 1800s]
2. Not at all like what is mentioned or expected, as in They thought we would look them up, but we'd intended nothing of the kind. [Second half of 1800s]
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nothing of the ˈkind/ˈsort

(informal) not at all as somebody said or as you expected: The brochure said it would be a beginners’ course but it’s nothing of the sort.I said nothing of the kind. She completely misunderstood me.
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References in classic literature ?
"He will do nothing of the kind," said Don Quixote; "I have only to command, and he will obey me; and as he has sworn to me by the order of knighthood which he has received, I leave him free, and I guarantee the payment."
"Do not be alarmed," said Miss Dashwood, "nothing of the kind will be done; for my mother will never have money enough to attempt it."
On the contrary, we could see nothing of the kind, not at least so as to distinguish one figure from another.
The effect ought logically to have been ruinous for the plagiarist, but it was really nothing of the kind. He simply ignored the exposure, and the comments of the other city papers, and in the process of time he easily lived down the memory of it and went on to greater usefulness in his profession.
He did nothing of the kind. He remained fat, and his round, red cheeks shone like ripe apples.
One expected to see the locomotive pause, or slack up a little, and approach this plunge cautiously, but it did nothing of the kind; it went calmly on, and went it reached the jumping-off place it made a sudden bow, and went gliding smoothly downstairs, untroubled by the circumstances.
I had known what it was to be kindly treated; they had known nothing of the kind. They had seen little or nothing of the world.
Tess really wished to walk uprightly, while her father did nothing of the kind; but she resembled him in being content with immediate and small achievements, and in having no mind for laborious effort towards such petty social advancement as could alone be effected by a family so heavily handicapped as the once powerful d'Urbervilles were now.
"Let us hope that nothing of the kind may happen to us," said the hunter.
This frightened Griffiths; and he, this time, made use of the telegraph wires to tell her that she must do nothing of the kind. He promised to let her know the moment he came up to London, and, when he did, found that she had already been asking for him at the hospital at which he had an appointment.
Though nothing of the kind had happened to her she was regarded in that light, and had even herself come to believe that she had suffered much in life.
'And you're quite mistaken, Matilda, in supposing that Harry Meltham admires you: I assure you he does nothing of the kind.'
But nothing of the kind happened--as a matter of fact the Sly One had betrayed us.
"No such luck," replied Colonel Blomsberry; "nothing of the kind is likely to happen; and even if it did, we should not profit by it.
This he repressed as speedily as possible, and strove to look as if nothing of the kind had happened.