Definition of nothing of the kind in US English:

nothing of the kind


  • 1Not at all like the thing in question.

    ‘my son had done nothing of the kind before’
    • ‘He has described the events as a coup, but it was nothing of the kind.’
    • ‘The president's ‘determined assault’ on poverty is nothing of the kind.’
    • ‘This issue is being represented as linguistic, relating to a democratic right of the people to stipulate word definitions, when it's nothing of the kind.’
    • ‘Vilified by his detractors as an uncritical apologist for the Arabs, he was nothing of the kind.’
    • ‘Yet many of the creatures touted as ‘feathered dinosaurs’ appear to be nothing of the kind.’
    • ‘The so-called questions are nothing of the kind.’
    • ‘The fact that the minister in question did nothing of the kind enraged other MPs.’
    • ‘Oh yeah, biologists treat biodiversity as an indispensable good of human existence but it's nothing of the kind.’
    • ‘Many people and organizations claiming to be ‘revolutionary,’ are, in fact, nothing of the kind.’
    • ‘While great cities and their outlying regions often look monolithic to outsiders, they are in fact nothing of the kind.’
    1. 1.1 Used to express an emphatic denial.
      ‘“He made you do that?” “He did nothing of the kind.”’
      • ‘And finally, the study fuelling the latest claims about mobile phones scrambling the mind in fact shows nothing of the kind.’
      • ‘‘I am nothing of the kind,’ she said, her voice somehow remaining steady.’
      • ‘Now it turns out they knew nothing of the kind but assured us they did anyway.’
      • ‘When Debbie brought up the matter, the other woman insisted she had said nothing of the kind and told Debbie she was imagining things.’
      • ‘Well, some data we have shows nothing of the kind.’
      • ‘She adamantly insisted that she did nothing of the kind.’
      • ‘When asked to provide a breath sample she replied in robust terms that she was going to do nothing of the kind, said Miss Bramley.’
      • ‘Again, and of course, I said nothing of the kind.’
      • ‘Incidentally, for all those of you mailing in to say I spelt ‘Ottawa’ incorrectly earlier - I did nothing of the kind and have no idea what you're talking about.’
      • ‘Just one small quibble - I wrote nothing of the kind.’