by no means

adverb
definitely not (Freq. 15)
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the prize is by no means certain

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and that isn't all, not by a long sight

Ant: ↑by all means
Usage Domain: ↑colloquialism

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NOT AT ALL, in no way, not in the least, not in the slightest, not the least bit, not by a long shot, certainly not, absolutely not, definitely not, on no account, under no circumstances; Brit. not by a long chalk; informal no way.
means

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adverb or by no manner of means

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by no means
mean

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by no means phrase
used as a way of emphasizing a negative statement

It was by no means excellent but still better than last year.

I wouldn’t say I was an expert, not by any means.

Thesaurus: ways of saying nosynonym
Main entry: means

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the outcome is by no means guaranteed

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It's by no means certain that he'll come. = It's not by any means certain that he'll come.

This is by no means the first time we have had this problem.

I was not happy about the arrangements by any means, but I agreed to do it.

This issue has not been resolved yet by any manner of means.

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Main Entry:means

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by ˈno means | not by ˈany (manner of) means idiom
not at all

She is by no means an inexperienced teacher.

We haven't won yet, not by any means.

Main entry:meansidiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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