One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Said to emphasize one's refusal to comply with a request.‘‘I want to see Clare alone.’ ‘Not on your life,’ said Buzz’
- ‘Mac smiled: ‘Speaking for myself, I'd say ‘not on your life.’’
- ‘M. thinks it's awful and wanted to get in here and paint everything white and put down carpet and I told her not on your life, this room is mine.’
- ‘It will continue to happen but as for just a stunt, not on your life Robyn.’
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