nothing of the sort

nothing of the sort

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 sort. 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 her birthday?" B: "I said nothing of the sort! 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 sort.
See also: nothing, of, sort

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.
See also: kind, nothing, of, sort
References in classic literature ?
Oh, no, nothing of the sort, I assure you," Sheldon began with awkward haste, fearful of having offended, though he knew not how.
And I tell you, in turn, that it is nothing of the sort.
I had expected that the valet would be dismissed when I appeared, but nothing of the sort happened.
I shall do nothing of the sort,' said the Mouse, getting up and walking away.
At the "Criterion" he turned in and had a drink, and, bolder for the wine which he had swallowed at a gulp, he told himself that he would do nothing of the sort.
You will do nothing of the sort," Thomson objected firmly.
Nothing of the sort had ever occurred before to any young ladies in the place, within her memory; no rencontre, no alarm of the kind;and now it had happened to the very person, and at the very hour, when the other very person was chancing to pass by to rescue her
Why is it, sometimes, that sweet odours seem to be blowing through a courtyard where nothing of the sort can be?
Nothing of the sort, for not a soul appeared but a sanginary-looking boy asleep under the current bushes.
She longed to run to meet him, and beg pardon, and be kissed and comforted, as she was sure of being, but, of course, she did nothing of the sort, and when she saw John coming, began to hum quite naturally, as she rocked and sewed, like a lady of leisure in her best parlor.
You shall do nothing of the sort, Chester," cried Lady Brandon.
Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina Denis ZvizdiA stated today that he did not know about the purchase of weapons for the police in Republika Srpska, because nothing of the sort was discussed at the sessions of the Council of Ministers.
PLC spokeswoman Cora Sherlock said: "Those who support abortion on request will of course try to come forward with a proposal that appears restrictive but in reality would be nothing of the sort.
He went on to say that he would announce and celebrate it publicly as soon as that happens however; there is nothing of the sort for now.
It's worth pointing out that the UK government's "living wage" is nothing of the sort.