informal Used primarily in spoken conversation. Primarily heard in US, Australia.
1. A phrase of assent or agreement. Yeah, no, I see what you're saying—these lines definitely need to be closer together. Yeah, no, Lou is coming—he just texted me that he's running late.
2. A phrase of disagreement. A: "I can't park on this side of the street?" B: "Yeah, no, that's not what I'm saying. You're welcome to park your car anywhere else on the street, just not right here in front of my driveway." Yeah, no, I'm not outdoorsy at all. I don't know where you got that impression.
3. A phrase of refusal. Yeah, no, we won't be able to come on Sunday—I'm sorry. A: "Do you want to volunteer cleaning trash out of the canal with me this weekend?" B: "Um, yeah, no—I won't be doing that."
See also: no
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