Coined in 1709 by Susanna Centlivre in the play The Busie Body.
but me no buts
- Used to cut off objections or qualifications
1709, Susanna Centlivre, The Busie Body]:
- Sir Fran. But me no Buts Be gone, Sir: Dare to ask me for Money agen Refuse Forty Thousand Pound! Out of my Doors, I say, without reply.
1730, Henry Fielding, Rape Upon Rape:
- But Sir —— ¶ POL. But me no buts —— what can be the reason of all this warlike preparation, which all our news-papers have informed us of.
1816, Sir Walter Scott, The Antiquary:
- "I heartily wish I could, but"--"Nay, but me no buts I have set my heart upon it." "I am greatly obliged, my dear sir, but..."
1980, Tom Sharpe, Ancestral Vices, →ISBN, page 312:
- "No," said Yapp. "But—" ¶"But me no buts, sir. We can take it that the act of adultery is established.
2003, Wilbur Smith, Monsoon, →ISBN, page 1:
- Yes, but— ' ¶'But me no buts.' Tom glowered at him. 'Who's the captain of this crew, anyway?'