Definition of by no means in US English:

by no means

(also by no manner of means)

phrase

  • Not at all; certainly not.

    ‘the outcome is by no means guaranteed’
    • ‘Although this room is by no means small, a large wall mirror creates the illusion of even greater space.’
    • ‘That is by no means an accurate statement, but it has a grain of truth.’
    • ‘Katherine laughed with her, but she was by no means as confident as Carrie.’
    • ‘Although the sums paid are by no means small, they are a far cry from what the jet set pay across the water.’
    • ‘She may now have become a thief, but she was by no means ready to become a murderer.’
    • ‘I saw it last week, and enjoyed it, but it's by no means even close to being the best film of 2002.’
    • ‘This is by no means merely a technology issue and the jury is still out.’
    • ‘These are by no means mutually exclusive categories and many analyses will fall into both categories.’
    • ‘What is going on is by no means clear to Christian, and he is increasingly anxious.’
    • ‘It was by no means a foregone conclusion that the UK would get involved.’
    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
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