by no means

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by no means

  1. (idiomatic) certainly not; definitely not.
    By no means am I suggesting that euthanasia should be outlawed, but rather that we should look at its inherent risks.
    • 1856: Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary, Part III Chapter XI, translated by Eleanor Marx-Aveling
      He by no means gave up his shop. On the contrary, he kept well abreast of new discoveries. He followed the great movement of chocolates; he was the first to introduce "cocoa" and "revalenta" into the Seine-Inferieure.

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