in no uncertain terms

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English[edit]

Adverb[edit]

in no uncertain terms (not comparable)

  1. (idiomatic) (of a statement, especially a threat or admonishment) bluntly, forthrightly; explicitly, categorically
    • 1919, Stewart Edward White, The Killer, ch. 11,
      The latter held up the lamp where it wouldn't get smashed and admonished them in no uncertain terms that he wanted me alive.
    • 1961, "Toughening Up", Time, 3 Nov.,
      Kennedy assured West German Ambassador Wilhelm Grewe in no uncertain terms that he does not intend to let West Berlin go down the drain.
  2. (idiomatic) (with subject-verb inversion, this takes on a negative meaning)