Meaning of NO in English

NO

I. adverb

COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES

absolutely no

He has absolutely no experience of marketing.

at no extra cost

Residents can use the gym at no extra cost .

be far from clear/be by no means clear (= be very unclear )

The directions she gave me were far from clear.

be in no/any doubt about sth

The government is in no doubt about the seriousness of the situation.

be little/no consolation

The fact that there has been a reduction in crime is little consolation to victims of crime.

be (little/no) room for optimism (= have a possibility that things might get better )

There is little room for optimism in the current financial situation.

be no exception

The river floods every winter, and this year was no exception.

be no laughing matter (= be something serious and important, though it might seem funny )

A doctor’s bad handwriting is no laughing matter, because it can lead to errors.

be no mean achievement (= be difficult to achieve and therfore worth admiring )

He got the top mark in the country which is no mean achievement.

be of little/no importance

Where the money came from is of no importance.

be under no obligation

An accused man is under no obligation to say anything.

bear little/no resemblance to sb/sth

He bore little resemblance to the photograph in the newspaper.

bear no relation to reality (= not match what is really happening or true )

His vision of European politics bears no relation to reality.

bear no/little relationship to sth

The allegations bore no relationship to the facts.

bear/hold etc no grudge

He insisted that he held no grudge against Taylor.

come as no surprise (= not be surprising )

It came as no surprise when Lester got the job.

come as no surprise

The news will come as no surprise to his colleagues.

Deal or No Deal

do some/any/ no etc work

She was feeling too tired to do any work.

do some/any/no good (= improve a situation )

It might do some good if you talk to him about the problem.

The fresh air has done me good.

do some/no preparation

He had obviously done no preparation for the meeting.

for no apparent reason (= for no obvious reason )

He tried to kill me for no apparent reason.

for no apparent reason

He left suddenly, for no apparent reason .

had no illusions about

She had no illusions about her physical attractiveness.

have a/have no memory of sth (= remember/not remember something )

She had no memory of the accident.

have little/no incentive to do sth

Poor farmers have little incentive to grow crops for export.

have little/no patience with sb

I'm afraid I have little patience with bureaucrats and their official rules.

have little/no reason to complain

The school is good and parents have little reason to complain.

have no basis in fact (= be not true )

Many of these rumours have no basis in fact.

have no choice (but to do sth)

The men had no choice but to obey.

have no choice in the matter

The village people had no choice in the matter.

have no desire to do sth (= used to emphasize that you do not want to do something )

It was raining outside and I had no desire to go out.

have no fear of sth

He had no fear of death.

have no interest in sth

Andy had no interest in politics.

have no luck ( also not have much/any luck ) (= not be lucky or successful )

I’d been looking for a job for weeks, but had had no luck.

have no manners (= regularly not behave politely )

He has no manners and he eats like a pig.

have no recollection (of sth) (= not remember )

I have no recollection of how I found my way there in the dark.

have no regard for sth

Some motorists have no regard for other road users.

have no trouble

We had no trouble finding her house.

have no/any/some means of doing sth

There was no path, and they had no means of knowing where they were.

have no/every intention of doing sth

I have no intention of retiring just yet.

have no/little alternative (but to do sth)

He had no alternative but to resign.

have no/little doubt

I have no doubt that you are right.

have no/little option but to do sth (= have no other choice than to do something )

I had no option but to fire him.

have some/no/little credibility

By then the president had ceased to have any credibility.

have some/no/little say in sth

The workers had no say in how the factory was run.

Have you no shame

How could you do such a thing? Have you no shame ?

have/feel no compunction about (doing) sth

He had no compunction about interfering in her private affairs.

in no fit state

I was still very shocked and in no fit state to work.

in no sense (= not at all )

This is in no sense a criticism.

is no angel (= often behaves badly )

Sam is no angel .

it is not a/no coincidence that (= it is deliberate )

It is no coincidence that the Government made the announcement today.

It was no bother (= used to emphasize that you were happy to help someone )

‘Thanks for your help.’ ‘ It was no bother at all.’

it's no exaggeration to say that ... (= used to emphasize that something is really true )

It's no exaggeration to say that residents live in fear of the local gangs.

It’s no big deal

It’s no big deal . Everybody forgets things sometimes.

lack ambition/have no ambition

Many of the students lack ambition.

leave no/little doubt (that) (= make people sure or almost sure about something )

The evidence left no doubt that he was the murderer.

leave sb with no alternative (but to do sth)

I was left with no alternative but to seek legal advice.

leave sb with no choice

I was left with no choice but to resign.

leave sb with no choice/option (= force someone to take a particular action )

You leave me with no choice but to fire you.

little or no

Many of the students speak little or no English.

little/a lot of/no persuading

He took a lot of persuading to come out of retirement it was hard to persuade him .

little/no success

Attempts to resolve the dispute met with little success.

lose no time in doing sth (= do something immediately )

Murdock lost no time in taking out a patent for his invention.

made no reply

Stephen made no reply .

make no effort to do sth (= not try at all )

They make no effort to speak the local language.

make no mention of sth

Nelson made no mention of his family; he talked only of his work.

make no move

The government made no move to hold the promised elections.

make no move

He made no move to stop her.

make no pretence (= not pretend to do or have something )

I made no pretence of great musical knowledge.

mean no harm/offence/disrespect (= not intend to harm, offend etc someone )

I’m sure he didn’t mean any harm.

meant no disrespect

It was said on the spur of the moment and I meant no disrespect to anybody.

needs no introduction (= everyone already knows the person )

Our first contestant needs no introduction .

No. 10

no ball

no different

The publishing business is no different from any other business in this respect.

no disgrace

There was no disgrace in finishing fourth.

No disrespect to (= used to show you are not criticizing someone )

No disrespect to Phil, but the team has performed better since he left .

no entry (= written on signs to show that you are not allowed to go somewhere )

The door had ‘No Entry’ written in large letters.

no fixed abode (= no permanent home )

a homeless person with no fixed abode

no further action

We have decided to take no further action .

no going back (= you will not be able to get back to your previous situation )

If you decide to marry him, there will be no going back .

no harm done spoken (= used to tell someone not to worry about something they have done )

‘I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to push you.’ ‘Don’t worry, no harm done.’

no ifs, ands, or buts

He is the best player – no ifs, ands, or buts about that.

no justification for

There is no justification for holding her in jail.

no known cure

At present is there is no known cure for this virus.

no less a person than

The message came from no less a person than the prime minister.

no let-up/not any let-up

The pressure at work continued without any let-up.

no mean feat (= something that is difficult to do )

It is no mean feat to perform such a difficult piece.

no more

I have no more questions.

no more (= not more difficult )

Selling goods abroad is no more difficult than selling to the home market.

no nearer

We are no nearer an agreement than we were six months ago.

no notice

We received no notice of the changes.

no one

No one likes being criticized.

no other

There is no other job I would rather do.

no particular reason

For no particular reason , he quit the job.

no place

There’s no place left to hide.

no pun intended (= used to show you do not mean to make a joke about something )

The clergy prey (no pun intended) on bereaved families.

no pushover

They aren’t the best team in the league, but they’re no pushover , either.

no real

There is no real reason to worry.

no regard

The decision was implemented with no regard for the families still living on the estate.

no room for complacency

Despite yesterday’s win, there is clearly no room for complacency if the team want to stay top of the league.

no such

‘You said you’d be finished by today.’ ‘I said no such thing!’

no trace

There was no trace of anyone having entered the room since then.

no way

‘Are you going to offer to work over the weekend?’ ‘No way!’

no/any self-respecting ... would do sth

No self-respecting actor would appear in a porn movie.

no/little/not much chance

The prisoners knew there was little chance of escape.

not ... any the less/no less (= not less )

Your second point is no less important.

It’s a common problem but this doesn’t make it any the less disturbing.

I know he’s done a dreadful thing, but I don’t love him any the less.

not do (sb) any harm also do (sb) no harm (= not have a bad effect on something or someone )

One or two chocolate cookies won’t do you any harm.

nothing/no one/nowhere in particular

‘What did you want?’ ‘Oh, nothing in particular.’

of no fixed address (= having no permanent home – used especially in news reports )

a 25-year-old man of no fixed address

Oh, no!

Oh, no! I’ve left my keys in the car!

Oh, no,

‘I hope Jenny won’t be angry.’ ‘ Oh, no, don’t worry about that.’

passed...vote of no confidence

On April 22 the National Assembly passed a vote of no confidence in the government.

say yes/no

Some parents are unable to say no to their children.

sb can do no wrong (= they are perfect )

Nathan adored her, and she could do no wrong in his eyes.

sb will never know/no one will ever know

Just take it. No one will ever know.

sb/sth is no ordinary ... (= used to say someone or something is very special )

This is no ordinary car.

Ruiz is no ordinary prisoner.

see little/no merit in sth (= think that something is not a good idea )

I can see no merit in violence.

showed no proclivity

The child showed no proclivity towards aggression.

spare no expense (in doing sth) (= spend a lot of money to buy the best things )

Her parents spared no expense in arranging the wedding.

Everything has been provided tonight – no expense has been spared!

stands no nonsense

She’s a strong woman who stands no nonsense from anyone.

sth is by no means certain (= not definite )

Victory was by no means certain for Smith.

sth is no fun ( also sth is not much fun ) (= something is not at all enjoyable )

Being stuck in a traffic jam for three hours was no fun.

sth is no miracle

It was no miracle, it was just good planning and leadership.

take no notice/not take any notice (= ignore something or someone )

The other passengers took no notice of what was happening.

Take no thought for the morrow (= do not worry about the future )

Take no thought for the morrow .

there is no apparent explanation (= used when there is no explanation that you can think of )

There was no apparent explanation for the attack.

there is no better way/example/place etc

There’s no better way of exploring the region.

There is no getting away from (= you cannot avoid or deny this fact )

There is no getting away from this fact .

there is no lack of sth (= there is plenty of it )

There is no lack of information on the subject.

there is no misunderstanding

I am writing to make sure there is no misunderstanding between us.

there is no moon

There was no moon, and the fields were completely dark.

there is no need for sth

They felt that there was no need for a formal contract.

there is no/little/some doubt (= used to talk about how sure people are about something )

There is little doubt that he will play for England one day.

there’s no accounting for taste (= used humorously to say that you do not understand why someone likes something )

there’s no question (= it is certain )

There’s no question that they have done an outstanding job.

There’s no reason to suppose (= it is unlikely that )

There’s no reason to suppose he’s lying.

there’s no rush

Don’t worry, there’s no rush . We don’t have to be at the station until 10.

There’s no shame in (= it should not make you feel ashamed )

There’s no shame in saying ‘I don’t know.’

there’s no time to lose (= do not waste time )

Come on, there’s no time to lose .

there’s no turning back (= you cannot change this )

We’ve promised to help, and there’s no turning back !

There’s no way

There’s no way I’m going to pay £300 just for a weekend in Paris.

up to no good (= doing something bad )

I always suspected that he was up to no good .

vote of no confidence

On April 22 the National Assembly passed a vote of no confidence in the government.

vote yes/no

How many people voted Yes in the referendum?

was under no illusion that

She was under no illusion that he loved her.

without/with no frills

It was just a comfortable flat with no frills.

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADJECTIVE

alternative

He saw no alternative but to wait and hear what our new battery might accomplish.

big

The Characters Tom Thumb: A mischievous but lucky child who was no bigger than a thumb.

As if by magic, they had a healthy son who was no bigger than a thumb.

The palm trees looked no bigger than fledgling asparagus.

These sets are no bigger than a transistor radio and cost as little as $ 100 at the nearby discount electronics store.

Could this bird, which when plucked is no bigger than the end of your thumb, keep warm enough to survive?

Millions of them, no bigger than pins.

A: You can basically have a Hiroshima-type effect with a weapon no bigger than a couple of grapefruits.

different

It was no different from any of those other infamous events that dot the charts of history.

It might be argued that political gladiators are no different than other people but that certain chance events propel them into activism.

By that definition, one might think that the Internet is no different from ordinary telephony.

And our lawyers are no different .

Buying clothes on the Internet is really no different to ordering them from mail order catalogues.

Perhaps the color of the sky is no different in the summer.

A National Academy of Sciences study concluded that new varieties are no different from traditional hybrids.

In that, they are no different from our libraries, museums, performing arts companies, schools, and universities.

further

Feminist ideals are called in to pitch for vehicles designed to take you no further than the parking lots around the mall.

He got no further than the first one.

As if no further explanation was required. ` Visit?!

Quinn went no further than that.

good

Even pro-Beijing politicians in Hong Kong admitted that it had done his image no good .

Taking 800 milligrams proved no better than 200 milligrams, and 60 milligrams appeared to have little effect.

They specialize in the big picture and are no good at details.

It can make a person no better than a beast.

Before long, I realized that he was no better than Uncle Slim.

The problem with network computers is that they are no better than the networks they are connected to.

Conditions were no better in the cities.

great

With lupins the harvest index is higher, leaving only about 15 % residue, no greater than a high yielding wheat.

Perhaps there is no greater feeling of powerlessness, and despair, than seeing a home fill up with water.

Just as no great painting has ever been created by a committee, no great vision has ever emerged from the herd.

Alas, there is no point to all this suffering, no greater meaning to this tale of romantic woe.

ill

Emilio, no worse than any of the others, nevertheless caught hell most often.

Fifty-eight percent say they are no worse than their male counterparts.

We could protest that we're no worse than everyone else.

But of all the mistakes Quinn made from beginning to end, it was no worse than any other.

It may be that urban poverty then was no worse than poverty in the country.

In fact, it was no better and no worse than other Air Force major commands.

For this all one needs is the assurance that a proof using infinitesimals is no worse than one free of infinitesimals.

long

But now I get the feeling that fantasy is no longer enough.

When you are chronically stressed because of work and demands, your hormones no longer ebb and flow normally.

But a strange thing has happened: I no longer understand exactly what it was I did in advertising.

A few weeks from now, when I no longer can see it.

It may be only when we no longer think of ourselves as internet users that the virtual age will truly have arrived.

But actors no longer dance on the screen to express how physically wonderful it is just to move.

Using the larger air-tubes meant the original lights no longer fit.

Danley said that the Union no longer had the majority support of the employees.

secret

It is no secret that Exeter's professor of education, Ted Wragg, is one of Woodhead's most vitriolic critics.

About the world: There is no secret that the United States is a marked team in this tournament.

It is no secret that the manufacturers of processed food products use television abundantly for advertising.

well

It can make a person no better than a beast.

Ireland is no better than Brooklyn.

Sadly Adam's subsequent behaviour proved no better .

Taking 800 milligrams proved no better than 200 milligrams, and 60 milligrams appeared to have little effect.

It is disappointing to find that, when the chips are down, your paper is no better than the rest.

Before long, I realized that he was no better than Uncle Slim.

The problem with network computers is that they are no better than the networks they are connected to.

Conditions were no better in the cities.

■ VERB

do

Most of the genetic tumult does no good to its bearers.

He knew he had lost the head and that he could do no good that week.

New Delhi need do no more than keep Kashmir under military occupation and keep the lid on guerrilla warfare.

It did no good to vomit it up either.

Action that was demonstrably ineffective would do no good to Peres's electoral prospects.

I wanted to tell them that it would do no good.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

(it's) no/small/little wonder (that)

(no) I never!

(there are) no two ways about it

No two ways about it, Blue says to himself: he knows everything.

No two ways about it, Clint Schneider was dynamite.

That was the job description, no two ways about it.

There are no two ways about it.

(there's) no hurry

You can get it sometime when you visit - there's no hurry .

I wouldn't say no (to sth)

I wouldn't say no to a cup of coffee.

a rolling stone gathers no moss

all work and no play (makes Jack a dull boy)

and no mistake

A good sort and no mistake .

But there was no fluke, and no mistake , about what happened here Sunday.

It was a Cinderella dress and no mistake .

It was a real kettle of fish and no mistake .

My word, it's a bad business and no mistake .

She was a lively one and no mistake .

They looked like barmen and no mistake .

any luck?/no luck?

Then, with any luck , the boss will start aligning himself with you.

We won't see his like again, with any luck .

Well, with any luck she'd get a fair return on her outlay, in deep satisfaction.

With any luck we may yet have a Congressional Scuba Caucus.

With any luck , he will have done the same. 2.

With any luck , people searching for the real site may come across yours first.

With any luck , the 49ers will have their starting five on the offensive line back for Dallas.

With any luck , you should see a graph of the data appear.

at no time

At no time did anyone suggest that the drug was dangerous.

Despite what I'd been told about the local people's attitude to strangers, at no time did I encounter any rudeness.

Benefits: A better piece at no time cost to you.

But at no time is this conditioning of mild hysteria and personality cult a wholesome thing.

Certainly, at no time did the lift pass anything like 6,000 tons a day.

Interestingly, at no time did anyone consider reinstating the four women.

She most certainly at no time condoned what had happened to her daughter.

That code requires only that the trustees are at no time resident or ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom.

Their economic viability, at no time very great, has become fragile risking complete social and economic disintegration.

They empathized with each other, responding to that which at no time had been spoken aloud, but understood between them.

be (of) no use (to sb)

But a sleek sailing boat that spends all its time in harbour is no use to anyone.

But all this was of no use to Bowman.

But there was no use brooding on it: the full story would never be known now.

But these models are no use to Clinton.

It is of no use to put forward a partial plan for the revitalization of our education.

It was of no use if they received the sacrament of Matrimony and did not live as Christians.

Photographic film cameras on satellites would be of no use until the means of recovering film capsules from orbit could be developed.

She knew that it was no use offering to make it: it would only make Bella angry.

be in no hurry/not be in any hurry (to do sth)

be in no mood for sth/to do sth

But Branson was in no mood for reconciliation.

But he talks as if he knows perfectly well that the country is in no mood for his reprise of Reaganism.

Frye was in no mood for Socratic dialogue, and he irritably resumed his oration.

However, Mr Yeltsin, rejuvenated by victory, is in no mood for compromise.

I am looking thoughtful, but she is in no mood for meaningful gazes across the room.

She was in no mood for visitors.

The nation at large, however, was in no mood for any such thing.

be in no position to do sth

Besides, they are in no position to squander a little favorable scheduling.

Despite the scale of the sector's misjudgments, the City is in no position to criticise.

Divided élite leading the assault upon itself may be in no position to withstand the pressures of a restless population.

I had relatives who took me in, but they were in no position to support me through school.

Ian was in no position to disagree with her.

Petitioner does not purport to have made, and is in no position to make, such findings.

Ralph, though, was in no position to be picky.

be no friend of sth

I've never been a friend of Republicans.

As far as she could remember, she had never seen the man before, he was no friend of Faith's.

But a tame aesthetic is no friend of historical materialism.

He was no friend of hers.

Likud has made it plain it would be no friend of the process, and that would compound bloodshed with tragedy.

Somebody lined him up, and that somebody is no friend of mine, Mr Millet.

The Goddess of Love was surprised at the visit, for Hera was no friend of hers.

be no great shakes

The food we got there was no great shakes.

At school I was no great shakes at it, or anything.

Secondly, and crucially, Professor Griff is no great shakes as a rapper.

be no mean performer/player etc

Kinnock fils, who is no mean performer on the rugby field, has developed a taste for academe.

be no picnic

A two-hour bus ride to work every day is no picnic .

be no place for sb

But there appears to be no place for women in this hobby.

Clarisa was living in a hotel, she said, and it was no place for a child.

In the psychoanalytic model there is no place for basic positive motives.

There is no place for domination or exploitation of creation rescues in the plan of creation.

There was no place for skill.

This was no place for me to linger.

Uncle Gabriel was made rabbi, so there was no place for Father.

be no respecter of persons

She was no respecter of persons and never thought before she spoke.

Unfortunately they are no respecters of persons or property as car owners find to their dismay.

be no slouch (at sth)

At 12-1, Stanford is no slouch at home either, you know.

Bonds were no slouch , either.

Reed, 33, is no slouch in the kitchen herself.

Shearer is some talent, but Newell & Gallagher are no slouches .

Your engineer officer, McCafferty, is no slouch either and neither is mine.

be no stranger to sth

Derek is no stranger to controversy.

Andrew himself is no stranger to the big screen and has featured in several commercials.

B quartet whose self-titled debut has already sold more than a million copies, is no stranger to having hits.

But Tabitha is no stranger to confrontation.

Fien is no stranger to Tormey, who recruited him when he was defensive coordinator at Washington.

His security police are no strangers to intimidation when it comes to striking fear into Ciskei's 850,000 poverty-stricken people.

Leach was no stranger to Niagara stunts.

They are no strangers to controversy.

Toughguy crime novelist Robert B.. Parker is no stranger to the buried life.

be no substitute for sth

There is no substitute for educated workers with good work habits.

An answering service or beeper number is no substitute for a trained network engineer.

But there is no substitute for a visit, and a request to see evidence of previous exam results.

Checking the takings late at night is no substitute for a proper budgetary control system.

In many situations, however, there is no substitute for the use of chemicals as the application of heat is impracticable.

In other words, money is no substitute for management.

It was a new experience, and there is no substitute for experience.

There is no substitute for a committed board with a vision of the future.

be no tea party

be no/few/not many takers

be no/nobody's fool

Perhaps he was, she was nobody's fool .

be of/have no fixed abode/address

Both were said to be of no fixed abode, although they originate from the Old Swan district of Liverpool.

I was of no fixed abode, but I'd finished my time so they still let me go.

be up to no good

Anyone waiting around on street corners at night must be up to no good .

If you ask me, that husband of hers is up to no good .

She knew that her brother was up to no good but she didn't tell anyone.

Those guys look like they're up to no good .

by no means/not by any means

It's difficult, but by no means impossible.

It's not clear by any means where the money is going to come from to fund this project.

It is by no means certain that you'll get your money back.

close, but no cigar

come to no harm/not come to any harm

Fortunately, none of the hostages came to any serious harm .

I'm sure Craig's old enough to catch a train into town without coming to any harm .

If you keep quiet, you'll come to no harm .

cut no ice/not cut much ice

do sb/sth no favours,

do sth like there's no tomorrow

Ben drives like there's no tomorrow .

I eat and drink like there's no tomorrow .

get no change out of sb

give/receive no quarter

D'Arcy had opened her up, exposing her raw emotions, giving no quarter and taking none.

He says you give no quarter .

have a lot of/no time for sb/sth

Quite honestly I don't have a lot of time for any of them.

have a/no future

All school systems are going to have to make similar innovative arrangements if school-to-work programs are to have a future .

And Bosnia might have a future .

Broadly-based companies without differentiated products have no future , he says.

But those ideologies now have no future except in the history books.

If I take on an artist, for example, I need to think they will have a future .

Nick Ellis, London Does the human race have a future longer than its past?

have a/some/no etc bearing on sth

And that it might have some bearing on what has happened now.

But the facts of the past seemed to have no bearing on the facts of the present.

It has come to have a bearing on the larger questions of civilized survival.

Party political factors, professionalism and the dispositions of key personalities all usually have some bearing on internal management structures.

The availability of security may, however, have a bearing on whether or not a particular loan will be granted.

The observations on immortality in Chapter Thirteen may be seen to have some bearing on this.

The outside influences have no bearing on what you can do for your basketball team....

This year's form will have a bearing on all future claims.

have no ambition to do sth

have no business doing sth/have no business to do sth

have no interest in doing sth

I have no interest in continuing this conversation.

He seemed to have no interest in doing anything.

I have no interest in hating white people.

I have no interest in high-tech commercial videos at all these days.

I have no interest in the psychological interpretation of my sitters, I want to convey their physical appearance.

Nor could they understand a young, good-looking man who appeared to have no interest in girls.

Pound seems to have no interest in that.

That is, leaders have no interest in proving themselves, but an abiding interest in expressing themselves.

You might have no interest in building a fancy themed site or even learning anything about creating Web pages.

have no need of sth

Gentlemen, we have no need of discretion to protect the life of Simon Cormack any more.

I thought of leaving it to you, Cynthia, but you have no need of it.

More straightforwardly, however, capitalism and technology have no need of religion.

On Siporax, it is claimed, the bacteria have no need of this and get on with the important job.

The rest of us find paracetamol an effective analgesic with no important side effects and have no need of an antidote.

They appear to have no need of an anemone and usually ignore any placed in the aquarium with them.

You have no need of a certificate.

have no parallel/be without parallel

have no place

Exploitation and oppression will be concepts of history which have no place in the description of contemporary social reality.

Honesty, decency, good will have no place in this business of selling or murdering an image.

In a holy community Noyes thought that exclusiveness, jealousy, and quarreling should have no place .

Personal opinion or preferences and speculative imaginings have no place in science.

Religious celebrations have no place in public schools, although teaching about religion is acceptable.

Some believe that values can not be taught apart from religion and therefore have no place in public schools.

Some would argue that these enterprises have no place in a capitalist system, and should therefore be privatised as soon as possible.

Therefore, the right of national self-determination could have no place in the party programme.

have no problem (in) doing sth

have no right to do sth

You have no right to tell me what I can and can't do!

But we have no right to force collection of child support for the kids.

But you have no right to come in here meddling with my things.

Finally, the relatives of patients have no right to make decisions on the patient's behalf.

I have no right to be saying anything that goes against Church teaching.

I have no right to intrude on their lives.

The states have no rights to any money.

You have no right to be here.

have no stomach for a fight/task etc

They proved to have no stomach for a fight with only Steve Regeling showing any semblance of spirit.

have no use for sb/sth

My company has no use for workers who are not motivated.

Am I right in assuming that you have no use for it?

For example, the business may be sold to some one else who decides they have no use for the present management.

I have no use for second-hand books and unfashionable clothes and bits of ornament.

have no wish to do sth

I have no wish to offend anybody.

And believe me, I have no wish to keep score.

I emphasize that I have no wish to come across here as the skunk at the process improvement garden party.

I have no wish to attribute motives, but clearly finance intervenes.

I have no wish to caddie for Brian Harley.

I have no wish to change my nature over this matter and become a crusading journalist.

I have no wish to create a posing pilots' paradise.

I have no wish to get angry with my own invention, the so-named Miller.

Mrs Hardman has grown used to her independence, and I have no wish to curtail her freedom.

have/hold/want no truck with sb/sth

But it does lead inevitably to ignorance, for you can not understand what you deliberately chose to have no truck with.

Its radicals, who dominate the leadership, want no truck with Mr Gorbachev.

Then the people who get penalised are the majority who want no truck with him.

We in the Conservative Party have no truck with that style of gutter journalism which we were forced to endure last Sunday.

he's/she's no oil painting

in less than no time

in no shape to do sth

But it is for you already, any fool can see you're in no shape to continue.

His hand stung and his head hurt and he felt in no shape to begin the delicate task of restarting their relationship.

in no time (at all)/in next to no time

in no uncertain terms

But DuPonceau does venture to contradict, and in no uncertain terms.

He had found them scruffy, and had said so in no uncertain terms.

She wanted nothing at all from her father and she was about to tell Alain Lemarchand so in no uncertain terms.

That night they told her, in no uncertain terms, to go for it.

This means that we are going to lock you up, in no uncertain terms.

Those coming into leadership are told in no uncertain terms what their task is to be.

Well, there was nothing for it, I had to lay down the law in no uncertain terms.

What is more, she said so - in no uncertain terms.

it makes no difference to sb

But it makes no difference to Spiderglass what you call yourself.

That does not mean it makes no difference to social welfare which rules we settle upon.

it makes no odds

it's no good (doing sth)

But ... but I will worry if I think you are hanging on waiting, because it's no good .

Here we are on the hills, and it's no better .

It's no good just bleating on about the rising tide of crime to get money out of the government.

It's no good pretending you've any aptitude for art when it's quite clear you've none at all.

It's no good printing my letter if you're just going to do it again.

It's no good tying up money for years unless you're certain you won't need it.

It's no good , she rebuked herself sternly; there's no future in feeling like this about Luke Travis.

It's very easy to tell an actor that it's no good .

it's no skin off sb's nose

it's no use doing sth

It's no use complaining - you just need to take the test again later.

But it's no use running away from it.

He says it's no use having a ban if it can't be enforced.

I've telephoned everyone I can think of, but it's no use .

I can buy the best legal brains in the business, so it's no use your fighting.

I said to him, Listen, George, it's no use living in the past.

No, it's no use protesting!

On the open road, it's no use pretending that the Bentley handles with the agility of a Porsche.

it's no use!

Oh, it's no use ! I can't fix it.

know no bounds

Paul's love for her knew no bounds .

And as you know, greed knows no bounds .

As the men filed into Faneuil Hall, in solid columns, the enthusiasm knew no bounds ....

Faith in benign science knew no bounds .

His business enterprise knew no bounds .

It was once again proved that the credulity of trainees knew no bounds .

Only in later centuries, when Constant Drachenfels' daring knew no bounds , did the famed, fabled horrors begin.

Sarah's pride in her daughter knew no bounds .

know no bounds

And as you know , greed knows no bounds.

As the men filed into Faneuil Hall, in solid columns, the enthusiasm knew no bounds....

Faith in benign science knew no bounds.

His business enterprise knew no bounds.

It was once again proved that the credulity of trainees knew no bounds.

Only in later centuries, when Constant Drachenfels' daring knew no bounds, did the famed, fabled horrors begin.

Sarah's pride in her daughter knew no bounds.

leave no stone unturned

If a solution can be found, Mr Danby, I shall leave no stone unturned until I have found it.

Union leaders have promised to leave no stone unturned in their search for a way to keep the factory open.

Henry was a boy who left no stone unturned, and he got a torch and shone the beam inside.

long time no see

Uh, and says, uh, long time no see,.

look no further

For a typical candidate, one need look no further than Keith Hill, bidding to take Streatham from the Tories.

For evidence, look no further than the campaign trail.

If the sheer quantity of information about 1992 is clouding your vision, look no further for the silver lining.

In fact, I needed to look no further than the ground below me.

Often they decide they like the idea of running one particular business and they look no further.

Or need I look no further than the old man's unspoken mistrust of my intentions?

You need look no further than last weekend for examples, when Kentucky and Kansas both lost their final games.

You need look no further than Plautus himself.

make no apology for sth

make no attempt to do sth

We want to set up an attempt on the life of the President.

make no bones about (doing) sth

Mr. Stutzman makes no bones about his religious beliefs.

At least he made no bones about it.

He made no bones about displaying his artistic temperament.

He made no bones about stating his own views or criticising theirs.

I make no apology or make no bones about being partisan.

The secretary was enormously dissatisfied with how some of our programs were being managed, and made no bones about it.

These five women made no bones about national honor or scientific achievement.

Well, the two of them had made no bones about what they thought of her.

make no mistake (about it)

Make no mistake about it - I am not going to put up with this anymore.

And make no mistake about it, she knew I was there.

And make no mistake , the family works overtime to make its instructions felt.

And make no mistake , there will be plenty of bets.

I tried to make no mistakes , but they called me naughty every moment of the day.

In the second 250 race Robert made no mistakes , leading all the way to win from McCallen and Coulter.

The Pinot Noirs from Burgundy are often expensive, make no mistake .

make no secret of sth

Marge made no secret of her dislike for Terry.

Andersen made no secret of infatuations with women, notably with the singer Jenny Lind.

But she made no secret of her opinion of his running again.

I made no secret of my disgust at the way people were behaving.

Regan makes no secret of the fact that he is not merely indulging in theoretical philosophy.

The bank had made no secret of their dismay over Virgin's venture into airlines.

The people of the North made no secret of their dismay over the way things were going.

They broke or brushed aside the obstacles that stood in their way, and made no secret of paying any necessary bribes.

They know about her, of course: I made no secret of it.

mean no harm/not mean any harm

money is no object

Choose whatever outfit you want - money no object!

If money were no object, what kind of house would you want?

Simon always ordered the best. It was obvious that money was no object.

money/expense is no object

no ... /nothing on earth

But at the time, with my dad as he was, there might have been no such place on earth .

Further, no nation on Earth presently has the ability to launch manned lunar missions.

Gazza's goal convinced Maradona there is no greater player on earth than the irrepressible Geordie.

No city on earth is quite like it.

No nation on earth takes greater pride in its moral heritage than the United States.

Obviously I couldn't mime to a voice of seventeen years ago, no way on earth !

Oh no ... what on earth was there to cry for?

There is no excitement on earth like it.

no ... to speak of

His supple skin had no lines to speak of; he preserved it with various expensive creams and face masks.

In all, the unit has a staff of 18 and no budget to speak of.

It had no bones to speak of.

No ad campaign, no sales to speak of, no one showed up for readings.

No kin to speak of, except for that rowdy bunch in Ireland, of course.

No wind-chill to speak of, to polish us off.

There are no restaurants or motels, no industry to speak of, only deer and wild turkey roaming the surrounding forest.

There were no Republicans to speak of then.

no amount of sth can/will etc do sth

But no amount of bashful cuteness can disguise its humourless narcissism.

But no amount of money can buy what Nakamatsu really wants -- lasting fame.

It is due to the inefficiency of the Government which no amount of Budget bribery can possibly erase.

So implausible, so achingly out of touch are they, no amount of Toytown trickery can disguise their ancient irrelevance.

The key is in the cooking; no amount of marinating will tenderize a tough cut of meat.

Therefore, no amount of personality can compensate for mediocre chili. o Judging chili is very personal and subjective.

Translation here must be indeterminate because no amount of evidence will guarantee that the translation we offer will be uniquely correct.

Voice over April's pursuing compensation though no amount of mony can make up for what she's lost.

no ball

no ball

no better

Caffeine received no better press in the twentieth century.

Conditions were no better in the cities.

Experts agree that in reality, the company looked after the workforce no better than most other employers of that time.

Havvie Blaine, for all his name and lineage, was no better than Terry Rourke.

If you turned to domestic politics, the news was no better .

In fact, it was no better and no worse than other Air Force major commands.

Nearly a decade later, our educational system was no better off than it had been when the commission issued its report.

The problem with network computers is that they are no better than the networks they are connected to.

no biggie

"Oh, I'm sorry." "That's okay, no biggie ."

no can do

no chance!/fat chance!

no contest

In the end, it was no contest with the Cardinals beating the Mets 9-2.

And of course there were no contested elections.

At present there is no contest for the five and threes enthusiasts in the county although there is a national competition.

Hooker, Glynn Mann got them back into it and after that there was no contest .

In April, Sharpe pleaded guilty to possessing a crack pipe and no contest to attempted aggravated assault.

The company also pleaded no contest to falsifying its records to hide the illegal contributions.

The study excluded cases in which defendants pleaded guilty or no contest , and it did not involve new interviews with defendants.

There was no contest between the levers.

Unocal later pleads no contest to 12 criminal counts filed by the state and agrees to pay a $ 3 million fine.

no dice

I asked if I could borrow the car, but she said no dice .

LeVan says no dice , at least so far.

Ring processing then, and tell them no dice .

no doubt

No doubt you'll have your own ideas.

Abortion is a health issue: of that there is no doubt .

But there is no doubt that young people are developing habits unfavorable to traditional news suppliers.

But, have no doubt , it will be emulated.

I had no doubts that he was going to pick up the package.

If not, there will have been a real loss, which will no doubt add to the rising tide of semi-literacy.

Minna had paid him in advance, which no doubt had been a mistake.

There's no doubt about that.

We have no doubt that there is no congressional power to expose for the sake of exposure.

no earthly reason/use etc

As far as I could tell, there was no earthly reason for Fanshawe to have chosen me for this job.

It serves no earthly use to recapitulate the damage that they do, and which we know they do.

Surely there's no earthly reason why you should not come with me to mass?

There is no earthly reason why I shouldn't be able to move like these young athletes.

There seemed to be no earthly reason for the Bureau to resist such status-but it did.

no end

But production has slumped by 45 percent because of the plunge in demand - and there's no end in sight.

If it continued, they could see no end to the war.

In the end , there was no end to the strife, though neither Hooke nor Huygens produced a true marine timekeeper.

Many own luxury homes with swimming pools and no end of household gadgets.

Now the room was quite dark, it looked vast, like a black cave that had no end .

Strictly speaking, of course, there are no ends in animal life for a Darwinian.

Was there no end to the trouble the child could cause?

Working the land was hard, and there was no end to it, despite a deceptive freedom.

no end of trouble/problems etc

My doctor's a nice young man, takes no end of trouble.

Neighbours say a new flats development in Sun Street, Darlington, has created no end of problems.

They'd caused no end of problems for the nomes.

no fear!

no fewer than

I tried to contact him no fewer than ten times.

no further forward

The talks are no further forward than they were two weeks ago.

Complications were growing and she was no further forward with her task.

She was still no further forward .

We're no further forward with either.

no good/not much good/not any good

no great shakes

He's no great shakes as a singer.

At school I was no great shakes at it, or anything.

It is very simply made and no great shakes as a piece of cinema.

Secondly, and crucially, Professor Griff is no great shakes as a rapper.

no hard feelings

No hard feelings, Stu. You had every right to be angry with me.

And she bore Arnie no hard feelings.

But there'd been no hard feelings between me and Albert.

But there were no hard feelings.

He insisted he has no hard feelings toward the club, which tried to trade him prior to the draft.

It was all over months ago and, as far as he knew, with no hard feelings.

Just to show there's no hard feelings, here's a picture of Nigel's stylish new look.

no holds barred

There are no holds barred when it comes to making a profit.

He told me he was going to shoot the whole works, no holds barred.

no joy

no kidding

"Man, physics class is hard!" "No kidding !"

"She's getting married again." "No kidding ?"

I'm telling you, this guy's as fast as Carl Lewis -- no kidding !

No kidding ? You mean Becky's actually going to Princeton?

For a while, there was a federal lawsuit being filed even day... no kidding , one a day.

If you want to get a slice of the action book early - no kidding .

Me: No kidding , since when?

No kidding , how about that!

No kidding , it seems like they always come in pairs-for Patty, I mean.

no kidding?/are you kidding?/you're kidding

no laughing matter

Dole and his staff know that age discrimination is no laughing matter.

But Dole and his staff know the age issue is no laughing matter.

But it is no laughing matter.

But the issue of physicians and their handwriting is no laughing matter.

I am a gout sufferer, and it's no laughing matter.

It is no laughing matter, however.

The second Fleet Street sensation was no laughing matter.

They looked as though they knew already that life was no laughing matter.

This Jell-O-head business is no laughing matter.

no less

And if his comparison was contrived, it is no less valid for that.

And now ... Ace's face was no less expressive.

Housman's style is no less vulnerable to the distortions of the rhymed quatrain.

It is no less barbaric than killing people on a street corner.

One could remain in life, in the selfless performance of secular tasks, and arrive no less securely at the goal.

This helped Airtours generate no less than £8m in interest alone during the year.

Yet priorities are no less a matter of concern here than in other areas.

no longer/not any longer

no matter

Dad was determined to get to the truth, no matter how long it took.

I'm determined to go to New York, no matter how much it costs.

I never win, no matter how hard I try.

No matter what position he plays, he'll be a great asset to the team.

No matter , I'll pick up the clothes at the cleaners tomorrow.

Paul always calls me every day, no matter where he is.

All are welcome no matter if you only have a small plot.

Businesses are a key customer of education, no matter what schools think of that concept.

I found acceptance in my music, so -- no matter what I was -- they liked my music.

No military general would willingly send his army into battle untrained and ill-prepared, no matter how well-equipped.

The algorithm or the general calculational procedure-is just the same no matter how large the numbers are.

The one who will never stay behind, no matter how exhausted he is.

no matter how/whether/what etc

Another 10 percent or so will vote Republican, no matter what.

As devoted parents, they want to stand by their son no matter what happens.

But inside the Forum, no matter how lopsided the talent levels, the setting alone made it great.

But the algorithm is the same finite set of instructions no matter how big the numbers.

My priority is to drive the business, bring in the revenue, no matter what it takes.

The Universe is one organic whole, no matter how diverse and widely differing its manifold aspects may seem to be.

Throughout the century, no matter what the current literary rage, Contemporary Romances have maintained a quiet, yet devoted audience.

no matter that

Yes, cooking, no matter that what I smelled cooking was scarcer by far than bread.

no matter what

Actually, no matter what happens to the business cycle, people will continue to eat and to get sick.

Children benefit from knowing that they will be cared for and loved, no matter what their performance in school.

Dinah tells her she will always have a friend to turn to, no matter what trouble she may find.

Frequent cancellations, no matter what the excuse, make a diva seem a dangerously risky investment.

I found acceptance in my music, so -- no matter what I was -- they liked my music.

No matter how it manifests itself, no matter what the cause, it's bad news, believe me.

They had to get out, no matter what the weather, and run around the car five times.

Throughout the century, no matter what the current literary rage, Contemporary Romances have maintained a quiet, yet devoted audience.

no mean feat/achievement/task etc

But that was no mean achievement.

For an immigrant boy this marital alliance was no mean achievement.

Given that there are some 20,000 such fastenings in a boat of this size, this is no mean feat.

In particular the notion that nurse training is for the young and for women only must be dispelled; no mean task.

In this case it was no mean task.

On Tuesday Invergordon Distillers reported a marginal improvement in underlying profits, no mean feat given the difficulties facing the whisky sector.

This is no mean feat as the statute has 108 sections divided into 12 separate parts, together with 15 schedules.

This is no mean task, especially if they have not been doing any recruitment for the past few months.

no messing

Anyway, Steffi has beaten Seles twice this year, very comfortably indeed - no messing .

The first failed ... but there was no messing with his second.

no more ... than

Bob Dole Wednesday, is that no more than 16 percent of independents will vote.

For no more than church religion did public religion live up to what its creeds professed.

For perceived health values there were five items; no more than two responses were allowed to be missing.

For the believer the Kingdom as a heavenly reality is no more than one generation away.

He resented Michael Banks, but no more than he resented anyone else more famous than he was.

The moon still hung in the sky but was no more now than a white stain.

They were no more than survivals from the past.

no more Mr Nice Guy!

no more does/has/will etc sb

In practice, this situation will arise only very rarely if a regime of symptom control and no more has been adopted.

Men appear to be no more willing to support women in their traditional roles than women are to assume them.

no more sth

At its end, the current process will leave broadcasters no more spectrum than they now have.

But formidable capital cost stood in the way of such improvements, and irrigation remained no more than a theoretical possibility.

Customers now expect to have a satellite finished and ready for launch in no more than a year and a half.

Give me one kiss and I will think of your saucy appeal against me no more .

John-Augustus tried to josh himself into accepting that his own bout was no more than that.

The Profitboss does so much and no more , knowing his limits.

We also have it that effects do no more than dependently necessitate their causal circumstances.

no more than

David watched the car drive slowly away, until it was no more than a speck in the distance.

It's no more than you deserve.

It was little more than a scratch.

We were standing no more than 10 yards away from the scene of the crime and we didn't realize it.

And no more than one in twenty earned a college degree.

But they do not necessarily conclude that a thing is no more than the sum of its attributes.

Dunbar had said no more than the truth, the archers could do it all.

Here, then, no more than a few points in passing.

Historical incidents were no more than superficial disturbances of the established order or recurring events of unchanging significance.

It all came from the idea that a woman was no more than a useful object for a man.

Keep it brief no more than two typed pages.

The two year ban which he received has been no more than a minor inconvenience to him.

no muss, no fuss

It would be nice if income tax could be figured out in half an hour - no muss , no fuss.

no news is good news

I always say, no news is good news.

no offence

Any one of your tenants, Sir John, and I mean no offence , could be the assassin.

But it is not unlawful force, and the intruder is aware that it is not, and no offence is committed.

I've not spoken to a soul in the last fortnight, except for you - sorry, no offence meant.

It was held that no offence was committed.

No flowers, by request; no offence meant, and none taken.

So long as the defendant does not communicate his intention, he commits no offence .

There was no offence being committed.

Unless the circumstances are such that he fears that violence is likely, no offence is committed.

no one in their right mind ...

no pain, no gain

no prizes for guessing sth

Enclosed his picture - no prizes for guessing his breed.

There are no prizes for guessing why this should be.

no problem

"Can you have the car ready for me by 5 o'clock?" "No problem , sir."

"Could you get me down that box on the top shelf?" "Sure, no problem at all."

"Could you pick some bread up at the store?" "Sure, no problem ."

"Thank you for coming all the way out here." "No problem , lady."

"Thanks for letting us stay with you." "No problem ."

"Would it be all right if I leave work a bit early tomorrow? I've got a dentist's appointment." "No problem - thanks for letting me know."

A cold roof in winter causes no problems .

I have no problem playing against him now.

If so, there is no problem .

Landing on the beach presented no problems , though finding a passage through the kelp beds near the shore took some time.

The Board of Supervisors should have no problem approving the proposal.

Theoretically, eliminating poverty and underdevelopment in the region should pose no problem .

There were no problems of early clogging or dislodgement.

Waterproofness: no problems in various weather conditions.

no probs

no reason

``Why do you want to go that way?'' ``Oh, no reason .''

But there was no reason why she shouldn't enjoy a bit of company for the rest of the journey.

I see no reason why they should not be.

I wake up during the night for no reason . 7.

There's no reason why it shouldn't have worked.

There is no reason to be fatalistic.

There is no reason why a policeman should not be regarded as the victim of this conduct.

There s no reason whatsoever we shouldn't be thinking in terms of the championship anyway.

There was no reason for this other than a certain unwillingness to emerge from our bond trading shell.

no rhyme or reason

It claims that there is no rhyme or reason to stock-market investment.

There seemed to be no rhyme or reason to the colors.

no shit

"I can get you one for $50." "No shit ?"

"Oh, the ticket guy gave me the wrong ticket." "No shit . You should have checked it."

"This case is a waste of time." "No shit ."

They had, like, no shit , forty different kinds of beer on tap.

He took no shit from anybody, gambled constantly, and won most of the time.

no small degree/achievement/task etc

A large body of theory and no small degree of controversy exist relative to the treatment of uncertainty.

The idea suggests alignment of individual goals and group purposes, no small achievement.

no sooner had/did ... than

no sooner said than done

no sooner/hardly had ... than

Alas, no sooner had he started than he realised it was no longer what he wanted.

But no sooner had Miriam gone than Harry suddenly returned looking more cheerful than one might have expected.

No sooner had he gone than one of the cameramen approached.

No sooner had it begun than the rain seemed to end.

no strings (attached)

Howard's agreed to lend me the money with no strings attached.

A boyfriend offered me a weekend in Amman, with no strings attached.

A lift home, with no strings .

How he must have wished to have been in the puppet's place, no policies, work and no strings attached.

It's found money, no strings attached.

She reminded me that we both knew the deal - no strings .

We have freedom and no strings attached.

no such luck

At one point, I hoped this might be the twist, but no such luck .

He explains that although the parliament itself enjoys simultaneous translation facilities, the group meetings have no such luck .

If only there were a radio she would have turned it on, loudly, but, of course, no such luck .

Since it was Thanksgiving, I had no such luck .

The behavioral scientist has had no such luck .

The Defence Secretary announced that two regiments would be reprieved ... but no such luck for the Glosters.

The technician says no such luck .

Well, she could live with Zeus' lust, but no such luck .

no sweat

"I'll finish this by tomorrow, no sweat ."

Characteristically the skin is dry and hot with no sweat .

Drink enough of it, you can juggle with snakes, no sweat .

It was no sweat because everyone stood on the chairs and danced anyway.

No headsets, no hat, no sweat .

One man's conflict may be water which flows unceremoniously off another's back; no sweat , no hassle.

The driver was good, no sweat .

Well, she could answer that one straight off, no sweat !

White men no sweat pure, too many clothe.

no thanks

Thanks , but - no thanks!

Carrie said we could do another screen but I said no thanks .

He offers me a free go too but I just stick my nose in the air and say no thanks .

I offer to buy him a fibreglass canoe but he says no thanks , he already has one.

I threw the last one's sketches across his office and told him: shoddy, unexciting, no thanks .

No great compliments, no thanks .

She didn't think that there was anything broken ... but no thanks to Johnny, she thought bitterly.

no thanks to sb/sth

Everyone got out safely, no thanks to the smoke alarm - its batteries were dead.

Glorious because they came away with a victory over Rosslyn Park ... but no thanks to the quagmire at the Kingsholm ground.

She didn't think that there was anything broken ... but no thanks to Johnny, she thought bitterly.

no thoroughfare

no trouble

But Berg is a wily writer who has no trouble whipping up something sweet and satisfying from this unpromising set of circumstances.

Either way it meant a walk to Snodland or Cuxton to catch a train so walking that extra was no trouble .

Hardy had said he'd be no trouble .

My life fell apart, but he had no trouble picking up the pieces and forged ahead with a new woman.

Of the four new breeds, three are in no trouble providing they are well looked after.

Oh yes, it was no trouble .

The Celtics had no trouble getting second and third shots.

The Sibyl, too, had some cake for him and he gave them no trouble .

no warrant for (doing) sth

no way!

"Can I borrow your VCR for a week?" "No way !"

"It costs $37 per person." "No way !"

no worries

Alone, with no worries , lie whistled.

And he'd no worries , I know.

Chief Superintendent Len Wise says he has no worries about the brewery being involved.

He represents the Shinagawa area of Tokyo, and so has no worries about offending farmers.

Low voltage lights are widely available and simple to install with no worries about safety.

Lyle, as a former winner, has no worries on that score.

With no worries of visits from secret police, we laughed and joked the night away, drinking wine and plum brandy.

You've no worries about equipment, administration, staffing or supplies.

no, thank you

"Would you like some more coffee?'' "No, thank you, I'm fine.''

no-claims bonus

Shouldn't we, therefore, be entitled to a no-claims bonus ?

no/yes sir!

I'm not doing any more work for them. No sir !

not brook sth/brook no sth

not/no more than sth

The house is no more than ten minutes from the beach.

The insurance covers not more than five days in the hospital.

Although their investigations are supposed to take no more than two weeks, they often stretch to several months.

But it is no more than a seed in 1215.

Send in a good quality tape with no more than four songs.

Some were no more than motionless translucent blobs.

The crystal was no more than a glimmering outline in the darkness.

Their bosses view them as no more than glorified typists and they are denied career opportunities.

They are no more than about 20% efficient.

They were no more than survivals from the past.

nothing/no one can touch sb/sth

of little/no/any etc consequence

Choosing the gender of your baby is an individual decision of no consequence to anybody else.

During the bad weather we experienced a few disasters and events, but they were of little consequence .

It clearly ranks as the first written literature of any consequence .

Neither country had other exports of any consequence .

No signal can be received outside that range but this is of no consequence .

They were of no consequence , I knew they were of no consequence.

of no/little account

Gelbspan's speech was of no account .

As she grew up, her father had been of no account to her.

Charles Coffin continues: The cavalry of the Army of the Potomac had been of little account .

Epictetus' magic wand can make poverty of no account .

In a transforming instant, the est intellectual truth is seen to be that intellectual truth is of no account .

It was of no account to Vinoba Bhave a Brahmin, whether the man before him was a Brahmin or an outcaste.

There was a war on and such emotional family matters were really of no account .

Yet this self-protective brand of public service was of no account to the Lordly Phantasms.

You are a mere picture editor, a workman, whose views on editorial staff are of no account .

on no account/not on any account

On no account should you attempt this exercise if you're pregnant.

You shouldn't sign the contract unless you are sure you understand it. Not on any account .

on no condition

plead no contest

He pleaded no contest to driving without a license.

As a result, McCowan pleaded no contest , Sacks said.

Burgess pleaded no contest and was fined $ 150.

Earlier this week, Sherrod pleaded no contest to contempt of court for fleeing Holley.

Irvin is on probation after pleading no contest in July to a felony charge of cocaine possession.

Irvin served a five-game suspension this season after pleading no contest to felony cocaine possession.

Last month, he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor voter-fraud charge.

The company also pleaded no contest to falsifying its records to hide the illegal contributions.

Unocal later pleads no contest to 12 criminal counts filed by the state and agrees to pay a $ 3 million fine.

say no more

Females say no more often than males, 63. 5 percent compared with 21. 6 percent.

For the rest of the afternoon Vladimir said no more.

She said no more about it, but I knew she worried when these unexplained absences occurred.

She said no more, but her thoughts were bitter.

She says no more than this.

She told Clarissa to stay put and say no more until she herself came round to Clarissa's flat.

The Secretary of State says no more money so that's that.

sb is no spring chicken

spare no expense/effort

Branson spared no expense in getting Event off the ground.

He is totally dedicated to his calling, his art, and spares no expense to fulfil it.

It attracted more retail savings than even the government, which spares no effort to tap the market.

Mrs Grindlewood-Gryke had spared no expense to feed the multitude.

She was often ill, and Hubert spared no effort to make her well again.

They spared no expense when the New York Public Library was built at the turn of the century.

We spared no expense in preparing ourselves for a long strike and the decertification of the unions.

sth is (a) no go

I asked for a raise but it was a no go .

One mistake and there is no going back.

sth is no joke

These bills are no joke .

Especially where alcohol is concerned, this is no joke at all-as the men from Rutgers ably demonstrated in the 1970s.

Now that is no joke because one of these big old saws can weigh the best part of half a ton.

Pneumonia is no joke , you know.

The bike fell on him, tearing his Achilles tendon, which is no joke at all.

This is no joke , Guy.

This is no joke , mister, it's for real.

take/have/play no part in sth

Herrera, personally, took no part in this mild form of political persecution.

Johnny played no part in this world.

Of course, Laura took no part in such a major business decision; the empire builder was Bernard.

Schuster insists his political connections played no part in the choice.

The mostly white jurors who actually sat in the jury room, insisted that race had played no part in their decision.

The very act of imagining Gods exempt from suffering ensures that humans take no part in the deity.

They are evaluated and yet play no part in defining the criteria, determining the methods, or controlling the process.

This is not to say that economic imperatives play no part in penal developments.

the point of no return

The dam project has reached the point of no return.

By Joshua's time they had reached the point of no return.

Foo was beyond the point of no return.

In a few more moments this love scene would have reached the point of no return.

Relationships with the union beyond the point of no return?

Sailmaking We've reached the point of no return!

Suddenly it passed the point of no return and plunged downwards.

The fire is the point of no return for the Gaucis.

The principal message conveyed by the leadership was that the Three Gorges project had reached the point of no return.

there are no easy answers

As usual, there are no easy answers to explain human behavior.

But suddenly we find ourselves acknowledging that there are no easy answers to the dilemmas Christians face.

So there are no easy answers.

There are no easy answers to this problem.

there are no flies on sb

there is no call for sth

There was no call for him to do that.

Where there is no call for a continued food market, market buildings have proved highly adaptable.

there is no excuse for sth

But precisely because the stakes are so high there is no excuse for ignoring nuances, glossing over contradictions and exaggerating faults.

But there is no excuse for modern hymns to contain gender-based or sexist language.

Do make sure the welts are not floppy. there is no excuse for this, even with a single bed double rib.

I concede that the Newcastle doctors may be ignorant but there is no excuse for you.

In Britain, for example, there is no excuse for not knowing recent trends in the cost of living.

Nowadays, there is no excuse for getting into trouble.

So there is no excuse for ignoring the chance to communicate.

With modern technology there is no excuse for this kind of slapdash remastering.

there is no love lost between sb and sb

There's no love lost between Bart and Stephen.

there is no mistaking sb/sth

There is no mistaking Hall's books as anything other than romantic fiction.

But there is no mistaking the fact that the First Division door has been left ajar.

If all goes well, Beech Road will start at 2-1 or less at Cheltenham as there is no mistaking his superiority.

Some of the gaps must be due to chance, but there is no mistaking the insularity of interest which these volumes display.

there is no percentage in doing sth

there is no question of sth happening/sb doing sth

Each has much to offer to the other and there is no question of one tradition being right and the other wrong.

Even if the practice overspends its funds, there is no question of patients not getting the treatment they need.

Since there is no means of changing the weather, there is no question of protest.

This again suggests that the boys may have been in the wrong, which there is no question of in Ballantyne.

This particularly applies where there is no question of a divorced previous spouse.

This phenomenon is distinct from onomatopoeia - it is sometimes called sound symbolism: there is no question of auditory resemblance.

Yet there is no question of one's hair rising.

there is no sign of sb/sth

Although voices of dissent are being heard, there is no sign of the supermodel phenomenon abating in the near future.

But still there is no sign of Captain Ahab.

But there is no sign of staleness: the performances at the Haymarket are terrific in their strength.

Furniture is strewn down the road, but there is no sign of the hapless hero.

However, there is no sign of the Elven magical artefact.

It appears, however, there is no sign of such a commitment.

Moreover to implement the change there is no sign of introducing the extra resources which most commentators see as necessary.

Not only do they lack legs but there is no sign of an internal girdle of bones at either shoulder or hip.

there is no telling

This is a highly dangerous trend, because there is no telling where it will end.

there's a/no future in sth

It's no good, she rebuked herself sternly; there's no future in feeling like this about Luke Travis.

there's no (such thing as a) free lunch

there's no comparison

"Which apartment do you prefer?'' "Well, there's no comparison . The first one we saw is bigger, quieter, and has much nicer furniture.''

there's no danger of sth

Slides would be built over a mound, so there's no danger of children falling from a height.

The wheels aren't sharp, so there's no danger of cutting yourself.

there's no denying (that/sth)

Anna looks better, there's no denying it.

But he's neat and tidy there's no denying it.

Even if you are sceptical about meridians, there's no denying that the roller gives an enjoyable massage.

He denies it, but there's no denying the little girl does resemble Becker in a dress.

Now there's no denying that 1991 was not a good year for the advertising industry.

There's no denying it, if you don't spend a lot of cash, you go down.

there's no escaping (the fact)

there's no free lunch

As a country, we must face the fact that there is no free lunch for Social Security recipients.

there's no going back

There's no going back, even if I wanted to, which I don't.

Too late you realize that there's no going back.

there's no harm in doing sth/it does no harm to do sth

there's no holding sb (back)

For Casey, there was no holding back when it came to music.

there's no knowing

If we go there's no knowing .

Otherwise there's no knowing just how many more he would have killed.

there's no law against sth

there's no need (for sb) to do sth

There's no need to shout - I'm not deaf!

There was no need for me to stay there.

And there's no need for us to move to the city.

But there's no need to join to get out on the water.

I usually read to them a bit, but there's no need for you to.

Police say there's no need for genuine fans to be any more worried now that Swindon's in the big league.

Whatever the cause, there's no need for you to worry.

there's no smoke without fire

And if you believe there's no smoke without fire, Sean Young must be a towering inferno.

But there's no smoke without fire.

there's no such person/thing etc as sb/sth

He says there's no such thing as a citizens arrest.

Raymond runs the exclusive Manoir aux Quat Saisons in Wheatley, where there's no such thing as a free lunch.

To the professionals who work with troubled couples, however, there's no such thing as the wronged spouse.

there's no telling what/how etc

there's no time to lose

through no fault of her/my etc own

In my opinion Anna acted more childishly but through no fault of her own.

So, through no fault of my own, I was at a loose end quite a bit.

to good/great/no etc effect

And the book eschews alphabetical order in favour of thematic logic - to good effect .

Any ball direct to deane was usually flicked on to no effect .

But nobody demonized the opposition to greater effect than did Clinton strategist James Carville during the 1992 presidential campaign.

Jones has turned the Trust's restrictions on the use of agrochemicals to good effect .

The bi-colour l.e.d. can utilise a transparent lens-clip to good effect .

The task of management is to use these to greatest effect .

The threefold model of church growth of cell, congregation and celebration works at Ichthus to great effect .

Video is a relatively new medium for in-house communications and is used by some companies to great effect .

to no purpose

The negotiations lasted for days, apparently to no purpose .

Alba was empty enough of men to govern and serve, without throwing them away to no purpose .

She called after them to no purpose .

The chariot moves back and forth, he wrote, but to no purpose .

to/of no avail

We searched everywhere to no avail .

Although she was treated by a vet, it was to no avail .

But effort and reason were to no avail .

But it was to no avail .

Their effort to continue life as before, as if nothing had happened, is to no avail .

Tricky flying was to no avail here.

Work may be done that may be to no avail .

under no circumstances

And under no circumstances are you allowed to vote for me.

But under no circumstances comfort the baby, or hold the baby.

Etiquette demanded that under no circumstances would he change his mind.

Juvenile Court proceedings can be reported but under no circumstances may any child involved in the proceedings be identified.

Lydon was adamant that under no circumstances would he rejoin the group.

Tears must not be allowed to fill their eyes and under no circumstances run down their cheeks.

That is, under no circumstances must I mention to anyone that I have turned down an invitation to return to Blighty.

The trouble with the proposal was that under no circumstances would the United States give up its ultimate veto on the bombs.

want no part of sth

But manatee revelers wanted no part of the little pine trees.

He wanted no part of foreign soils.

My Sam - he wanted no part of it.

Otherwise, it wants no part of North Forest's manifold problems.

They wanted no part of team systems.

They wanted no part of the Clinton plan.

You must accept that she wants no part of you.

waste no time (in) doing sth

Peter wasted no time finding himself another girlfriend.

Additionally, less electricity is used and the chef wastes no time waiting for the correct temperature to be reached.

Emil, the crew and I wasted no time watching.

If it demurred, the Corps might waste no time in trying to build it instead.

Lee wasted no time entering Maryland, the men being in high spirits as the bold move was made.

Ringwald wastes no time wedging herself between McGaw and his coed girlfriend, Sarah Lassez.

Shouting to Wemyss to cope with this situation, Douglas wasted no time.

The man's wife had wasted no time going through his closets picking up worn and odd pairs.

The Right was wasting no time, meanwhile.

yes and no

"Were you surprised?" "Well, yes and no. I knew they were planning something, but I wasn't sure what."

A decision is more a matter of yes and no: is this thing worth doing or is it not worth doing?

Not words we use much in the Civil Service, yes and no, even in the most impersonal contexts.

There was no significant difference to the manner in which yes and no responses increased over memory set size.

you have no idea (how/what etc)

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

"Is Cindy married?" "No, she's not."

Linda played no small part in the orchestra's success.

Neumann said he voted no because the management misled him.

She's 45? No , you have to be kidding!

So, has evolution been proven true? Strictly speaking, no .

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

At last the goodbyes could be postponed no longer.

Conrail no longer owns the New York-Washington line.

For a start people no longer spend so much time in their cars; at least not driving.

Game fortunately is no longer a one or two season phenomenon.

They can no longer hunt properly and so are utterly dependent on us.

II. determiner

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

No parking.

No smoking.

a very plain room, with no pictures on the wall

Do you mind having black coffee? There's no milk.

He has no control over his children.

He just started hitting her for no reason.

I knocked on the door, but there was no reply.

Some athletes have no intention of getting an education while they're at college.

There's no more milk.

There are no buses on Sundays.

There are no more classes until Monday.

There are no tickets available.

There was no room in the car for anyone else.

We've had no rain for three months.

III. noun

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ NOUN

claim

If this is the only payment we make, it will not affect your no claim bonus or protected no claim bonus.

confidence

His concern was justified when the no confidence motion was defeated by only 447 votes to 412.

Later on Nov. 23 the no confidence motion was defeated by 201 votes to 159, with six abstentions.

The no confidence debate took place in a crowded Knesset on March 15.

Three Foreign Ministry officials resigned but the government survived a no confidence vote on Jan. 31.

Haughey dismissed two ministers before the no confidence vote.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

(it's) no/small/little wonder (that)

(no) I never!

(there are) no two ways about it

No two ways about it, Blue says to himself: he knows everything.

No two ways about it, Clint Schneider was dynamite.

That was the job description, no two ways about it.

There are no two ways about it.

(there's) no hurry

You can get it sometime when you visit - there's no hurry .

I wouldn't say no (to sth)

I wouldn't say no to a cup of coffee.

a rolling stone gathers no moss

all work and no play (makes Jack a dull boy)

and no mistake

A good sort and no mistake .

But there was no fluke, and no mistake , about what happened here Sunday.

It was a Cinderella dress and no mistake .

It was a real kettle of fish and no mistake .

My word, it's a bad business and no mistake .

She was a lively one and no mistake .

They looked like barmen and no mistake .

any luck?/no luck?

Then, with any luck , the boss will start aligning himself with you.

We won't see his like again, with any luck .

Well, with any luck she'd get a fair return on her outlay, in deep satisfaction.

With any luck we may yet have a Congressional Scuba Caucus.

With any luck , he will have done the same. 2.

With any luck , people searching for the real site may come across yours first.

With any luck , the 49ers will have their starting five on the offensive line back for Dallas.

With any luck , you should see a graph of the data appear.

at no time

At no time did anyone suggest that the drug was dangerous.

Despite what I'd been told about the local people's attitude to strangers, at no time did I encounter any rudeness.

Benefits: A better piece at no time cost to you.

But at no time is this conditioning of mild hysteria and personality cult a wholesome thing.

Certainly, at no time did the lift pass anything like 6,000 tons a day.

Interestingly, at no time did anyone consider reinstating the four women.

She most certainly at no time condoned what had happened to her daughter.

That code requires only that the trustees are at no time resident or ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom.

Their economic viability, at no time very great, has become fragile risking complete social and economic disintegration.

They empathized with each other, responding to that which at no time had been spoken aloud, but understood between them.

be (of) no use (to sb)

But a sleek sailing boat that spends all its time in harbour is no use to anyone.

But all this was of no use to Bowman.

But there was no use brooding on it: the full story would never be known now.

But these models are no use to Clinton.

It is of no use to put forward a partial plan for the revitalization of our education.

It was of no use if they received the sacrament of Matrimony and did not live as Christians.

Photographic film cameras on satellites would be of no use until the means of recovering film capsules from orbit could be developed.

She knew that it was no use offering to make it: it would only make Bella angry.

be in no hurry/not be in any hurry (to do sth)

be in no mood for sth/to do sth

But Branson was in no mood for reconciliation.

But he talks as if he knows perfectly well that the country is in no mood for his reprise of Reaganism.

Frye was in no mood for Socratic dialogue, and he irritably resumed his oration.

However, Mr Yeltsin, rejuvenated by victory, is in no mood for compromise.

I am looking thoughtful, but she is in no mood for meaningful gazes across the room.

She was in no mood for visitors.

The nation at large, however, was in no mood for any such thing.

be in no position to do sth

Besides, they are in no position to squander a little favorable scheduling.

Despite the scale of the sector's misjudgments, the City is in no position to criticise.

Divided élite leading the assault upon itself may be in no position to withstand the pressures of a restless population.

I had relatives who took me in, but they were in no position to support me through school.

Ian was in no position to disagree with her.

Petitioner does not purport to have made, and is in no position to make, such findings.

Ralph, though, was in no position to be picky.

be no friend of sth

I've never been a friend of Republicans.

As far as she could remember, she had never seen the man before, he was no friend of Faith's.

But a tame aesthetic is no friend of historical materialism.

He was no friend of hers.

Likud has made it plain it would be no friend of the process, and that would compound bloodshed with tragedy.

Somebody lined him up, and that somebody is no friend of mine, Mr Millet.

The Goddess of Love was surprised at the visit, for Hera was no friend of hers.

be no great shakes

The food we got there was no great shakes.

At school I was no great shakes at it, or anything.

Secondly, and crucially, Professor Griff is no great shakes as a rapper.

be no mean performer/player etc

Kinnock fils, who is no mean performer on the rugby field, has developed a taste for academe.

be no respecter of persons

She was no respecter of persons and never thought before she spoke.

Unfortunately they are no respecters of persons or property as car owners find to their dismay.

be of/have no fixed abode/address

Both were said to be of no fixed abode, although they originate from the Old Swan district of Liverpool.

I was of no fixed abode, but I'd finished my time so they still let me go.

be up to no good

Anyone waiting around on street corners at night must be up to no good .

If you ask me, that husband of hers is up to no good .

She knew that her brother was up to no good but she didn't tell anyone.

Those guys look like they're up to no good .

by no means/not by any means

It's difficult, but by no means impossible.

It's not clear by any means where the money is going to come from to fund this project.

It is by no means certain that you'll get your money back.

close, but no cigar

come to no harm/not come to any harm

Fortunately, none of the hostages came to any serious harm .

I'm sure Craig's old enough to catch a train into town without coming to any harm .

If you keep quiet, you'll come to no harm .

cut no ice/not cut much ice

do sb/sth no favours,

do sth like there's no tomorrow

Ben drives like there's no tomorrow .

I eat and drink like there's no tomorrow .

get no change out of sb

give/receive no quarter

D'Arcy had opened her up, exposing her raw emotions, giving no quarter and taking none.

He says you give no quarter .

have a lot of/no time for sb/sth

Quite honestly I don't have a lot of time for any of them.

have a/no future

All school systems are going to have to make similar innovative arrangements if school-to-work programs are to have a future .

And Bosnia might have a future .

Broadly-based companies without differentiated products have no future , he says.

But those ideologies now have no future except in the history books.

If I take on an artist, for example, I need to think they will have a future .

Nick Ellis, London Does the human race have a future longer than its past?

have a/some/no etc bearing on sth

And that it might have some bearing on what has happened now.

But the facts of the past seemed to have no bearing on the facts of the present.

It has come to have a bearing on the larger questions of civilized survival.

Party political factors, professionalism and the dispositions of key personalities all usually have some bearing on internal management structures.

The availability of security may, however, have a bearing on whether or not a particular loan will be granted.

The observations on immortality in Chapter Thirteen may be seen to have some bearing on this.

The outside influences have no bearing on what you can do for your basketball team....

This year's form will have a bearing on all future claims.

have no ambition to do sth

have no business doing sth/have no business to do sth

have no interest in doing sth

I have no interest in continuing this conversation.

He seemed to have no interest in doing anything.

I have no interest in hating white people.

I have no interest in high-tech commercial videos at all these days.

I have no interest in the psychological interpretation of my sitters, I want to convey their physical appearance.

Nor could they understand a young, good-looking man who appeared to have no interest in girls.

Pound seems to have no interest in that.

That is, leaders have no interest in proving themselves, but an abiding interest in expressing themselves.

You might have no interest in building a fancy themed site or even learning anything about creating Web pages.

have no need of sth

Gentlemen, we have no need of discretion to protect the life of Simon Cormack any more.

I thought of leaving it to you, Cynthia, but you have no need of it.

More straightforwardly, however, capitalism and technology have no need of religion.

On Siporax, it is claimed, the bacteria have no need of this and get on with the important job.

The rest of us find paracetamol an effective analgesic with no important side effects and have no need of an antidote.

They appear to have no need of an anemone and usually ignore any placed in the aquarium with them.

You have no need of a certificate.

have no parallel/be without parallel

have no place

Exploitation and oppression will be concepts of history which have no place in the description of contemporary social reality.

Honesty, decency, good will have no place in this business of selling or murdering an image.

In a holy community Noyes thought that exclusiveness, jealousy, and quarreling should have no place .

Personal opinion or preferences and speculative imaginings have no place in science.

Religious celebrations have no place in public schools, although teaching about religion is acceptable.

Some believe that values can not be taught apart from religion and therefore have no place in public schools.

Some would argue that these enterprises have no place in a capitalist system, and should therefore be privatised as soon as possible.

Therefore, the right of national self-determination could have no place in the party programme.

have no problem (in) doing sth

have no right to do sth

You have no right to tell me what I can and can't do!

But we have no right to force collection of child support for the kids.

But you have no right to come in here meddling with my things.

Finally, the relatives of patients have no right to make decisions on the patient's behalf.

I have no right to be saying anything that goes against Church teaching.

I have no right to intrude on their lives.

The states have no rights to any money.

You have no right to be here.

have no stomach for a fight/task etc

They proved to have no stomach for a fight with only Steve Regeling showing any semblance of spirit.

have no use for sb/sth

My company has no use for workers who are not motivated.

Am I right in assuming that you have no use for it?

For example, the business may be sold to some one else who decides they have no use for the present management.

I have no use for second-hand books and unfashionable clothes and bits of ornament.

have no wish to do sth

I have no wish to offend anybody.

And believe me, I have no wish to keep score.

I emphasize that I have no wish to come across here as the skunk at the process improvement garden party.

I have no wish to attribute motives, but clearly finance intervenes.

I have no wish to caddie for Brian Harley.

I have no wish to change my nature over this matter and become a crusading journalist.

I have no wish to create a posing pilots' paradise.

I have no wish to get angry with my own invention, the so-named Miller.

Mrs Hardman has grown used to her independence, and I have no wish to curtail her freedom.

have/hold/want no truck with sb/sth

But it does lead inevitably to ignorance, for you can not understand what you deliberately chose to have no truck with.

Its radicals, who dominate the leadership, want no truck with Mr Gorbachev.

Then the people who get penalised are the majority who want no truck with him.

We in the Conservative Party have no truck with that style of gutter journalism which we were forced to endure last Sunday.

he's/she's no oil painting

in less than no time

in no shape to do sth

But it is for you already, any fool can see you're in no shape to continue.

His hand stung and his head hurt and he felt in no shape to begin the delicate task of restarting their relationship.

in no time (at all)/in next to no time

in no uncertain terms

But DuPonceau does venture to contradict, and in no uncertain terms.

He had found them scruffy, and had said so in no uncertain terms.

She wanted nothing at all from her father and she was about to tell Alain Lemarchand so in no uncertain terms.

That night they told her, in no uncertain terms, to go for it.

This means that we are going to lock you up, in no uncertain terms.

Those coming into leadership are told in no uncertain terms what their task is to be.

Well, there was nothing for it, I had to lay down the law in no uncertain terms.

What is more, she said so - in no uncertain terms.

it makes no difference to sb

But it makes no difference to Spiderglass what you call yourself.

That does not mean it makes no difference to social welfare which rules we settle upon.

it makes no odds

it's no good (doing sth)

But ... but I will worry if I think you are hanging on waiting, because it's no good .

Here we are on the hills, and it's no better .

It's no good just bleating on about the rising tide of crime to get money out of the government.

It's no good pretending you've any aptitude for art when it's quite clear you've none at all.

It's no good printing my letter if you're just going to do it again.

It's no good tying up money for years unless you're certain you won't need it.

It's no good , she rebuked herself sternly; there's no future in feeling like this about Luke Travis.

It's very easy to tell an actor that it's no good .

it's no skin off sb's nose

it's no use doing sth

It's no use complaining - you just need to take the test again later.

But it's no use running away from it.

He says it's no use having a ban if it can't be enforced.

I've telephoned everyone I can think of, but it's no use .

I can buy the best legal brains in the business, so it's no use your fighting.

I said to him, Listen, George, it's no use living in the past.

No, it's no use protesting!

On the open road, it's no use pretending that the Bentley handles with the agility of a Porsche.

it's no use!

Oh, it's no use ! I can't fix it.

know no bounds

Paul's love for her knew no bounds .

And as you know, greed knows no bounds .

As the men filed into Faneuil Hall, in solid columns, the enthusiasm knew no bounds ....

Faith in benign science knew no bounds .

His business enterprise knew no bounds .

It was once again proved that the credulity of trainees knew no bounds .

Only in later centuries, when Constant Drachenfels' daring knew no bounds , did the famed, fabled horrors begin.

Sarah's pride in her daughter knew no bounds .

know no bounds

And as you know , greed knows no bounds.

As the men filed into Faneuil Hall, in solid columns, the enthusiasm knew no bounds....

Faith in benign science knew no bounds.

His business enterprise knew no bounds.

It was once again proved that the credulity of trainees knew no bounds.

Only in later centuries, when Constant Drachenfels' daring knew no bounds, did the famed, fabled horrors begin.

Sarah's pride in her daughter knew no bounds.

leave no stone unturned

If a solution can be found, Mr Danby, I shall leave no stone unturned until I have found it.

Union leaders have promised to leave no stone unturned in their search for a way to keep the factory open.

Henry was a boy who left no stone unturned, and he got a torch and shone the beam inside.

long time no see

Uh, and says, uh, long time no see,.

look no further

For a typical candidate, one need look no further than Keith Hill, bidding to take Streatham from the Tories.

For evidence, look no further than the campaign trail.

If the sheer quantity of information about 1992 is clouding your vision, look no further for the silver lining.

In fact, I needed to look no further than the ground below me.

Often they decide they like the idea of running one particular business and they look no further.

Or need I look no further than the old man's unspoken mistrust of my intentions?

You need look no further than last weekend for examples, when Kentucky and Kansas both lost their final games.

You need look no further than Plautus himself.

make no apology for sth

make no attempt to do sth

We want to set up an attempt on the life of the President.

make no bones about (doing) sth

Mr. Stutzman makes no bones about his religious beliefs.

At least he made no bones about it.

He made no bones about displaying his artistic temperament.

He made no bones about stating his own views or criticising theirs.

I make no apology or make no bones about being partisan.

The secretary was enormously dissatisfied with how some of our programs were being managed, and made no bones about it.

These five women made no bones about national honor or scientific achievement.

Well, the two of them had made no bones about what they thought of her.

make no mistake (about it)

Make no mistake about it - I am not going to put up with this anymore.

And make no mistake about it, she knew I was there.

And make no mistake , the family works overtime to make its instructions felt.

And make no mistake , there will be plenty of bets.

I tried to make no mistakes , but they called me naughty every moment of the day.

In the second 250 race Robert made no mistakes , leading all the way to win from McCallen and Coulter.

The Pinot Noirs from Burgundy are often expensive, make no mistake .

make no secret of sth

Marge made no secret of her dislike for Terry.

Andersen made no secret of infatuations with women, notably with the singer Jenny Lind.

But she made no secret of her opinion of his running again.

I made no secret of my disgust at the way people were behaving.

Regan makes no secret of the fact that he is not merely indulging in theoretical philosophy.

The bank had made no secret of their dismay over Virgin's venture into airlines.

The people of the North made no secret of their dismay over the way things were going.

They broke or brushed aside the obstacles that stood in their way, and made no secret of paying any necessary bribes.

They know about her, of course: I made no secret of it.

mean no harm/not mean any harm

money is no object

Choose whatever outfit you want - money no object!

If money were no object, what kind of house would you want?

Simon always ordered the best. It was obvious that money was no object.

money/expense is no object

no ... /nothing on earth

But at the time, with my dad as he was, there might have been no such place on earth .

Further, no nation on Earth presently has the ability to launch manned lunar missions.

Gazza's goal convinced Maradona there is no greater player on earth than the irrepressible Geordie.

No city on earth is quite like it.

No nation on earth takes greater pride in its moral heritage than the United States.

Obviously I couldn't mime to a voice of seventeen years ago, no way on earth !

Oh no ... what on earth was there to cry for?

There is no excitement on earth like it.

no ... to speak of

His supple skin had no lines to speak of; he preserved it with various expensive creams and face masks.

In all, the unit has a staff of 18 and no budget to speak of.

It had no bones to speak of.

No ad campaign, no sales to speak of, no one showed up for readings.

No kin to speak of, except for that rowdy bunch in Ireland, of course.

No wind-chill to speak of, to polish us off.

There are no restaurants or motels, no industry to speak of, only deer and wild turkey roaming the surrounding forest.

There were no Republicans to speak of then.

no amount of sth can/will etc do sth

But no amount of bashful cuteness can disguise its humourless narcissism.

But no amount of money can buy what Nakamatsu really wants -- lasting fame.

It is due to the inefficiency of the Government which no amount of Budget bribery can possibly erase.

So implausible, so achingly out of touch are they, no amount of Toytown trickery can disguise their ancient irrelevance.

The key is in the cooking; no amount of marinating will tenderize a tough cut of meat.

Therefore, no amount of personality can compensate for mediocre chili. o Judging chili is very personal and subjective.

Translation here must be indeterminate because no amount of evidence will guarantee that the translation we offer will be uniquely correct.

Voice over April's pursuing compensation though no amount of mony can make up for what she's lost.

no ball

no ball

no better

Caffeine received no better press in the twentieth century.

Conditions were no better in the cities.

Experts agree that in reality, the company looked after the workforce no better than most other employers of that time.

Havvie Blaine, for all his name and lineage, was no better than Terry Rourke.

If you turned to domestic politics, the news was no better .

In fact, it was no better and no worse than other Air Force major commands.

Nearly a decade later, our educational system was no better off than it had been when the commission issued its report.

The problem with network computers is that they are no better than the networks they are connected to.

no biggie

"Oh, I'm sorry." "That's okay, no biggie ."

no can do

no chance!/fat chance!

no contest

In the end, it was no contest with the Cardinals beating the Mets 9-2.

And of course there were no contested elections.

At present there is no contest for the five and threes enthusiasts in the county although there is a national competition.

Hooker, Glynn Mann got them back into it and after that there was no contest .

In April, Sharpe pleaded guilty to possessing a crack pipe and no contest to attempted aggravated assault.

The company also pleaded no contest to falsifying its records to hide the illegal contributions.

The study excluded cases in which defendants pleaded guilty or no contest , and it did not involve new interviews with defendants.

There was no contest between the levers.

Unocal later pleads no contest to 12 criminal counts filed by the state and agrees to pay a $ 3 million fine.

no dice

I asked if I could borrow the car, but she said no dice .

LeVan says no dice , at least so far.

Ring processing then, and tell them no dice .

no doubt

No doubt you'll have your own ideas.

Abortion is a health issue: of that there is no doubt .

But there is no doubt that young people are developing habits unfavorable to traditional news suppliers.

But, have no doubt , it will be emulated.

I had no doubts that he was going to pick up the package.

If not, there will have been a real loss, which will no doubt add to the rising tide of semi-literacy.

Minna had paid him in advance, which no doubt had been a mistake.

There's no doubt about that.

We have no doubt that there is no congressional power to expose for the sake of exposure.

no earthly reason/use etc

As far as I could tell, there was no earthly reason for Fanshawe to have chosen me for this job.

It serves no earthly use to recapitulate the damage that they do, and which we know they do.

Surely there's no earthly reason why you should not come with me to mass?

There is no earthly reason why I shouldn't be able to move like these young athletes.

There seemed to be no earthly reason for the Bureau to resist such status-but it did.

no end

But production has slumped by 45 percent because of the plunge in demand - and there's no end in sight.

If it continued, they could see no end to the war.

In the end , there was no end to the strife, though neither Hooke nor Huygens produced a true marine timekeeper.

Many own luxury homes with swimming pools and no end of household gadgets.

Now the room was quite dark, it looked vast, like a black cave that had no end .

Strictly speaking, of course, there are no ends in animal life for a Darwinian.

Was there no end to the trouble the child could cause?

Working the land was hard, and there was no end to it, despite a deceptive freedom.

no end of trouble/problems etc

My doctor's a nice young man, takes no end of trouble.

Neighbours say a new flats development in Sun Street, Darlington, has created no end of problems.

They'd caused no end of problems for the nomes.

no fear!

no fewer than

I tried to contact him no fewer than ten times.

no further forward

The talks are no further forward than they were two weeks ago.

Complications were growing and she was no further forward with her task.

She was still no further forward .

We're no further forward with either.

no good/not much good/not any good

no great shakes

He's no great shakes as a singer.

At school I was no great shakes at it, or anything.

It is very simply made and no great shakes as a piece of cinema.

Secondly, and crucially, Professor Griff is no great shakes as a rapper.

no hard feelings

No hard feelings, Stu. You had every right to be angry with me.

And she bore Arnie no hard feelings.

But there'd been no hard feelings between me and Albert.

But there were no hard feelings.

He insisted he has no hard feelings toward the club, which tried to trade him prior to the draft.

It was all over months ago and, as far as he knew, with no hard feelings.

Just to show there's no hard feelings, here's a picture of Nigel's stylish new look.

no holds barred

There are no holds barred when it comes to making a profit.

He told me he was going to shoot the whole works, no holds barred.

no joy

no kidding

"Man, physics class is hard!" "No kidding !"

"She's getting married again." "No kidding ?"

I'm telling you, this guy's as fast as Carl Lewis -- no kidding !

No kidding ? You mean Becky's actually going to Princeton?

For a while, there was a federal lawsuit being filed even day... no kidding , one a day.

If you want to get a slice of the action book early - no kidding .

Me: No kidding , since when?

No kidding , how about that!

No kidding , it seems like they always come in pairs-for Patty, I mean.

no kidding?/are you kidding?/you're kidding

no laughing matter

Dole and his staff know that age discrimination is no laughing matter.

But Dole and his staff know the age issue is no laughing matter.

But it is no laughing matter.

But the issue of physicians and their handwriting is no laughing matter.

I am a gout sufferer, and it's no laughing matter.

It is no laughing matter, however.

The second Fleet Street sensation was no laughing matter.

They looked as though they knew already that life was no laughing matter.

This Jell-O-head business is no laughing matter.

no less

And if his comparison was contrived, it is no less valid for that.

And now ... Ace's face was no less expressive.

Housman's style is no less vulnerable to the distortions of the rhymed quatrain.

It is no less barbaric than killing people on a street corner.

One could remain in life, in the selfless performance of secular tasks, and arrive no less securely at the goal.

This helped Airtours generate no less than £8m in interest alone during the year.

Yet priorities are no less a matter of concern here than in other areas.

no longer/not any longer

no matter

Dad was determined to get to the truth, no matter how long it took.

I'm determined to go to New York, no matter how much it costs.

I never win, no matter how hard I try.

No matter what position he plays, he'll be a great asset to the team.

No matter , I'll pick up the clothes at the cleaners tomorrow.

Paul always calls me every day, no matter where he is.

All are welcome no matter if you only have a small plot.

Businesses are a key customer of education, no matter what schools think of that concept.

I found acceptance in my music, so -- no matter what I was -- they liked my music.

No military general would willingly send his army into battle untrained and ill-prepared, no matter how well-equipped.

The algorithm or the general calculational procedure-is just the same no matter how large the numbers are.

The one who will never stay behind, no matter how exhausted he is.

no matter how/whether/what etc

Another 10 percent or so will vote Republican, no matter what.

As devoted parents, they want to stand by their son no matter what happens.

But inside the Forum, no matter how lopsided the talent levels, the setting alone made it great.

But the algorithm is the same finite set of instructions no matter how big the numbers.

My priority is to drive the business, bring in the revenue, no matter what it takes.

The Universe is one organic whole, no matter how diverse and widely differing its manifold aspects may seem to be.

Throughout the century, no matter what the current literary rage, Contemporary Romances have maintained a quiet, yet devoted audience.

no matter that

Yes, cooking, no matter that what I smelled cooking was scarcer by far than bread.

no matter what

Actually, no matter what happens to the business cycle, people will continue to eat and to get sick.

Children benefit from knowing that they will be cared for and loved, no matter what their performance in school.

Dinah tells her she will always have a friend to turn to, no matter what trouble she may find.

Frequent cancellations, no matter what the excuse, make a diva seem a dangerously risky investment.

I found acceptance in my music, so -- no matter what I was -- they liked my music.

No matter how it manifests itself, no matter what the cause, it's bad news, believe me.

They had to get out, no matter what the weather, and run around the car five times.

Throughout the century, no matter what the current literary rage, Contemporary Romances have maintained a quiet, yet devoted audience.

no mean feat/achievement/task etc

But that was no mean achievement.

For an immigrant boy this marital alliance was no mean achievement.

Given that there are some 20,000 such fastenings in a boat of this size, this is no mean feat.

In particular the notion that nurse training is for the young and for women only must be dispelled; no mean task.

In this case it was no mean task.

On Tuesday Invergordon Distillers reported a marginal improvement in underlying profits, no mean feat given the difficulties facing the whisky sector.

This is no mean feat as the statute has 108 sections divided into 12 separate parts, together with 15 schedules.

This is no mean task, especially if they have not been doing any recruitment for the past few months.

no messing

Anyway, Steffi has beaten Seles twice this year, very comfortably indeed - no messing .

The first failed ... but there was no messing with his second.

no more ... than

Bob Dole Wednesday, is that no more than 16 percent of independents will vote.

For no more than church religion did public religion live up to what its creeds professed.

For perceived health values there were five items; no more than two responses were allowed to be missing.

For the believer the Kingdom as a heavenly reality is no more than one generation away.

He resented Michael Banks, but no more than he resented anyone else more famous than he was.

The moon still hung in the sky but was no more now than a white stain.

They were no more than survivals from the past.

no more Mr Nice Guy!

no more does/has/will etc sb

In practice, this situation will arise only very rarely if a regime of symptom control and no more has been adopted.

Men appear to be no more willing to support women in their traditional roles than women are to assume them.

no more sth

At its end, the current process will leave broadcasters no more spectrum than they now have.

But formidable capital cost stood in the way of such improvements, and irrigation remained no more than a theoretical possibility.

Customers now expect to have a satellite finished and ready for launch in no more than a year and a half.

Give me one kiss and I will think of your saucy appeal against me no more .

John-Augustus tried to josh himself into accepting that his own bout was no more than that.

The Profitboss does so much and no more , knowing his limits.

We also have it that effects do no more than dependently necessitate their causal circumstances.

no more than

David watched the car drive slowly away, until it was no more than a speck in the distance.

It's no more than you deserve.

It was little more than a scratch.

We were standing no more than 10 yards away from the scene of the crime and we didn't realize it.

And no more than one in twenty earned a college degree.

But they do not necessarily conclude that a thing is no more than the sum of its attributes.

Dunbar had said no more than the truth, the archers could do it all.

Here, then, no more than a few points in passing.

Historical incidents were no more than superficial disturbances of the established order or recurring events of unchanging significance.

It all came from the idea that a woman was no more than a useful object for a man.

Keep it brief no more than two typed pages.

The two year ban which he received has been no more than a minor inconvenience to him.

no muss, no fuss

It would be nice if income tax could be figured out in half an hour - no muss , no fuss.

no news is good news

I always say, no news is good news.

no offence

Any one of your tenants, Sir John, and I mean no offence , could be the assassin.

But it is not unlawful force, and the intruder is aware that it is not, and no offence is committed.

I've not spoken to a soul in the last fortnight, except for you - sorry, no offence meant.

It was held that no offence was committed.

No flowers, by request; no offence meant, and none taken.

So long as the defendant does not communicate his intention, he commits no offence .

There was no offence being committed.

Unless the circumstances are such that he fears that violence is likely, no offence is committed.

no one in their right mind ...

no pain, no gain

no prizes for guessing sth

Enclosed his picture - no prizes for guessing his breed.

There are no prizes for guessing why this should be.

no problem

"Can you have the car ready for me by 5 o'clock?" "No problem , sir."

"Could you get me down that box on the top shelf?" "Sure, no problem at all."

"Could you pick some bread up at the store?" "Sure, no problem ."

"Thank you for coming all the way out here." "No problem , lady."

"Thanks for letting us stay with you." "No problem ."

"Would it be all right if I leave work a bit early tomorrow? I've got a dentist's appointment." "No problem - thanks for letting me know."

A cold roof in winter causes no problems .

I have no problem playing against him now.

If so, there is no problem .

Landing on the beach presented no problems , though finding a passage through the kelp beds near the shore took some time.

The Board of Supervisors should have no problem approving the proposal.

Theoretically, eliminating poverty and underdevelopment in the region should pose no problem .

There were no problems of early clogging or dislodgement.

Waterproofness: no problems in various weather conditions.

no probs

no reason

``Why do you want to go that way?'' ``Oh, no reason .''

But there was no reason why she shouldn't enjoy a bit of company for the rest of the journey.

I see no reason why they should not be.

I wake up during the night for no reason . 7.

There's no reason why it shouldn't have worked.

There is no reason to be fatalistic.

There is no reason why a policeman should not be regarded as the victim of this conduct.

There s no reason whatsoever we shouldn't be thinking in terms of the championship anyway.

There was no reason for this other than a certain unwillingness to emerge from our bond trading shell.

no rhyme or reason

It claims that there is no rhyme or reason to stock-market investment.

There seemed to be no rhyme or reason to the colors.

no shit

"I can get you one for $50." "No shit ?"

"Oh, the ticket guy gave me the wrong ticket." "No shit . You should have checked it."

"This case is a waste of time." "No shit ."

They had, like, no shit , forty different kinds of beer on tap.

He took no shit from anybody, gambled constantly, and won most of the time.

no small degree/achievement/task etc

A large body of theory and no small degree of controversy exist relative to the treatment of uncertainty.

The idea suggests alignment of individual goals and group purposes, no small achievement.

no sooner had/did ... than

no sooner said than done

no sooner/hardly had ... than

Alas, no sooner had he started than he realised it was no longer what he wanted.

But no sooner had Miriam gone than Harry suddenly returned looking more cheerful than one might have expected.

No sooner had he gone than one of the cameramen approached.

No sooner had it begun than the rain seemed to end.

no strings (attached)

Howard's agreed to lend me the money with no strings attached.

A boyfriend offered me a weekend in Amman, with no strings attached.

A lift home, with no strings .

How he must have wished to have been in the puppet's place, no policies, work and no strings attached.

It's found money, no strings attached.

She reminded me that we both knew the deal - no strings .

We have freedom and no strings attached.

no such luck

At one point, I hoped this might be the twist, but no such luck .

He explains that although the parliament itself enjoys simultaneous translation facilities, the group meetings have no such luck .

If only there were a radio she would have turned it on, loudly, but, of course, no such luck .

Since it was Thanksgiving, I had no such luck .

The behavioral scientist has had no such luck .

The Defence Secretary announced that two regiments would be reprieved ... but no such luck for the Glosters.

The technician says no such luck .

Well, she could live with Zeus' lust, but no such luck .

no sweat

"I'll finish this by tomorrow, no sweat ."

Characteristically the skin is dry and hot with no sweat .

Drink enough of it, you can juggle with snakes, no sweat .

It was no sweat because everyone stood on the chairs and danced anyway.

No headsets, no hat, no sweat .

One man's conflict may be water which flows unceremoniously off another's back; no sweat , no hassle.

The driver was good, no sweat .

Well, she could answer that one straight off, no sweat !

White men no sweat pure, too many clothe.

no thanks

Thanks , but - no thanks!

Carrie said we could do another screen but I said no thanks .

He offers me a free go too but I just stick my nose in the air and say no thanks .

I offer to buy him a fibreglass canoe but he says no thanks , he already has one.

I threw the last one's sketches across his office and told him: shoddy, unexciting, no thanks .

No great compliments, no thanks .

She didn't think that there was anything broken ... but no thanks to Johnny, she thought bitterly.

no thanks to sb/sth

Everyone got out safely, no thanks to the smoke alarm - its batteries were dead.

Glorious because they came away with a victory over Rosslyn Park ... but no thanks to the quagmire at the Kingsholm ground.

She didn't think that there was anything broken ... but no thanks to Johnny, she thought bitterly.

no thoroughfare

no trouble

But Berg is a wily writer who has no trouble whipping up something sweet and satisfying from this unpromising set of circumstances.

Either way it meant a walk to Snodland or Cuxton to catch a train so walking that extra was no trouble .

Hardy had said he'd be no trouble .

My life fell apart, but he had no trouble picking up the pieces and forged ahead with a new woman.

Of the four new breeds, three are in no trouble providing they are well looked after.

Oh yes, it was no trouble .

The Celtics had no trouble getting second and third shots.

The Sibyl, too, had some cake for him and he gave them no trouble .

no warrant for (doing) sth

no way!

"Can I borrow your VCR for a week?" "No way !"

"It costs $37 per person." "No way !"

no worries

Alone, with no worries , lie whistled.

And he'd no worries , I know.

Chief Superintendent Len Wise says he has no worries about the brewery being involved.

He represents the Shinagawa area of Tokyo, and so has no worries about offending farmers.

Low voltage lights are widely available and simple to install with no worries about safety.

Lyle, as a former winner, has no worries on that score.

With no worries of visits from secret police, we laughed and joked the night away, drinking wine and plum brandy.

You've no worries about equipment, administration, staffing or supplies.

no, thank you

"Would you like some more coffee?'' "No, thank you, I'm fine.''

no-claims bonus

Shouldn't we, therefore, be entitled to a no-claims bonus ?

no/yes sir!

I'm not doing any more work for them. No sir !

not brook sth/brook no sth

not/no more than sth

The house is no more than ten minutes from the beach.

The insurance covers not more than five days in the hospital.

Although their investigations are supposed to take no more than two weeks, they often stretch to several months.

But it is no more than a seed in 1215.

Send in a good quality tape with no more than four songs.

Some were no more than motionless translucent blobs.

The crystal was no more than a glimmering outline in the darkness.

Their bosses view them as no more than glorified typists and they are denied career opportunities.

They are no more than about 20% efficient.

They were no more than survivals from the past.

nothing/no one can touch sb/sth

of little/no/any etc consequence

Choosing the gender of your baby is an individual decision of no consequence to anybody else.

During the bad weather we experienced a few disasters and events, but they were of little consequence .

It clearly ranks as the first written literature of any consequence .

Neither country had other exports of any consequence .

No signal can be received outside that range but this is of no consequence .

They were of no consequence , I knew they were of no consequence.

of no/little account

Gelbspan's speech was of no account .

As she grew up, her father had been of no account to her.

Charles Coffin continues: The cavalry of the Army of the Potomac had been of little account .

Epictetus' magic wand can make poverty of no account .

In a transforming instant, the est intellectual truth is seen to be that intellectual truth is of no account .

It was of no account to Vinoba Bhave a Brahmin, whether the man before him was a Brahmin or an outcaste.

There was a war on and such emotional family matters were really of no account .

Yet this self-protective brand of public service was of no account to the Lordly Phantasms.

You are a mere picture editor, a workman, whose views on editorial staff are of no account .

on no account/not on any account

On no account should you attempt this exercise if you're pregnant.

You shouldn't sign the contract unless you are sure you understand it. Not on any account .

on no condition

plead no contest

He pleaded no contest to driving without a license.

As a result, McCowan pleaded no contest , Sacks said.

Burgess pleaded no contest and was fined $ 150.

Earlier this week, Sherrod pleaded no contest to contempt of court for fleeing Holley.

Irvin is on probation after pleading no contest in July to a felony charge of cocaine possession.

Irvin served a five-game suspension this season after pleading no contest to felony cocaine possession.

Last month, he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor voter-fraud charge.

The company also pleaded no contest to falsifying its records to hide the illegal contributions.

Unocal later pleads no contest to 12 criminal counts filed by the state and agrees to pay a $ 3 million fine.

say no more

Females say no more often than males, 63. 5 percent compared with 21. 6 percent.

For the rest of the afternoon Vladimir said no more.

She said no more about it, but I knew she worried when these unexplained absences occurred.

She said no more, but her thoughts were bitter.

She says no more than this.

She told Clarissa to stay put and say no more until she herself came round to Clarissa's flat.

The Secretary of State says no more money so that's that.

sb is no spring chicken

spare no expense/effort

Branson spared no expense in getting Event off the ground.

He is totally dedicated to his calling, his art, and spares no expense to fulfil it.

It attracted more retail savings than even the government, which spares no effort to tap the market.

Mrs Grindlewood-Gryke had spared no expense to feed the multitude.

She was often ill, and Hubert spared no effort to make her well again.

They spared no expense when the New York Public Library was built at the turn of the century.

We spared no expense in preparing ourselves for a long strike and the decertification of the unions.

sth is (a) no go

I asked for a raise but it was a no go .

One mistake and there is no going back.

sth is no joke

These bills are no joke .

Especially where alcohol is concerned, this is no joke at all-as the men from Rutgers ably demonstrated in the 1970s.

Now that is no joke because one of these big old saws can weigh the best part of half a ton.

Pneumonia is no joke , you know.

The bike fell on him, tearing his Achilles tendon, which is no joke at all.

This is no joke , Guy.

This is no joke , mister, it's for real.

take/have/play no part in sth

Herrera, personally, took no part in this mild form of political persecution.

Johnny played no part in this world.

Of course, Laura took no part in such a major business decision; the empire builder was Bernard.

Schuster insists his political connections played no part in the choice.

The mostly white jurors who actually sat in the jury room, insisted that race had played no part in their decision.

The very act of imagining Gods exempt from suffering ensures that humans take no part in the deity.

They are evaluated and yet play no part in defining the criteria, determining the methods, or controlling the process.

This is not to say that economic imperatives play no part in penal developments.

the point of no return

The dam project has reached the point of no return.

By Joshua's time they had reached the point of no return.

Foo was beyond the point of no return.

In a few more moments this love scene would have reached the point of no return.

Relationships with the union beyond the point of no return?

Sailmaking We've reached the point of no return!

Suddenly it passed the point of no return and plunged downwards.

The fire is the point of no return for the Gaucis.

The principal message conveyed by the leadership was that the Three Gorges project had reached the point of no return.

there are no easy answers

As usual, there are no easy answers to explain human behavior.

But suddenly we find ourselves acknowledging that there are no easy answers to the dilemmas Christians face.

So there are no easy answers.

There are no easy answers to this problem.

there are no flies on sb

there is no call for sth

There was no call for him to do that.

Where there is no call for a continued food market, market buildings have proved highly adaptable.

there is no excuse for sth

But precisely because the stakes are so high there is no excuse for ignoring nuances, glossing over contradictions and exaggerating faults.

But there is no excuse for modern hymns to contain gender-based or sexist language.

Do make sure the welts are not floppy. there is no excuse for this, even with a single bed double rib.

I concede that the Newcastle doctors may be ignorant but there is no excuse for you.

In Britain, for example, there is no excuse for not knowing recent trends in the cost of living.

Nowadays, there is no excuse for getting into trouble.

So there is no excuse for ignoring the chance to communicate.

With modern technology there is no excuse for this kind of slapdash remastering.

there is no love lost between sb and sb

There's no love lost between Bart and Stephen.

there is no mistaking sb/sth

There is no mistaking Hall's books as anything other than romantic fiction.

But there is no mistaking the fact that the First Division door has been left ajar.

If all goes well, Beech Road will start at 2-1 or less at Cheltenham as there is no mistaking his superiority.

Some of the gaps must be due to chance, but there is no mistaking the insularity of interest which these volumes display.

there is no percentage in doing sth

there is no question of sth happening/sb doing sth

Each has much to offer to the other and there is no question of one tradition being right and the other wrong.

Even if the practice overspends its funds, there is no question of patients not getting the treatment they need.

Since there is no means of changing the weather, there is no question of protest.

This again suggests that the boys may have been in the wrong, which there is no question of in Ballantyne.

This particularly applies where there is no question of a divorced previous spouse.

This phenomenon is distinct from onomatopoeia - it is sometimes called sound symbolism: there is no question of auditory resemblance.

Yet there is no question of one's hair rising.

there is no sign of sb/sth

Although voices of dissent are being heard, there is no sign of the supermodel phenomenon abating in the near future.

But still there is no sign of Captain Ahab.

But there is no sign of staleness: the performances at the Haymarket are terrific in their strength.

Furniture is strewn down the road, but there is no sign of the hapless hero.

However, there is no sign of the Elven magical artefact.

It appears, however, there is no sign of such a commitment.

Moreover to implement the change there is no sign of introducing the extra resources which most commentators see as necessary.

Not only do they lack legs but there is no sign of an internal girdle of bones at either shoulder or hip.

there is no telling

This is a highly dangerous trend, because there is no telling where it will end.

there's a/no future in sth

It's no good, she rebuked herself sternly; there's no future in feeling like this about Luke Travis.

there's no (such thing as a) free lunch

there's no comparison

"Which apartment do you prefer?'' "Well, there's no comparison . The first one we saw is bigger, quieter, and has much nicer furniture.''

there's no danger of sth

Slides would be built over a mound, so there's no danger of children falling from a height.

The wheels aren't sharp, so there's no danger of cutting yourself.

there's no denying (that/sth)

Anna looks better, there's no denying it.

But he's neat and tidy there's no denying it.

Even if you are sceptical about meridians, there's no denying that the roller gives an enjoyable massage.

He denies it, but there's no denying the little girl does resemble Becker in a dress.

Now there's no denying that 1991 was not a good year for the advertising industry.

There's no denying it, if you don't spend a lot of cash, you go down.

there's no escaping (the fact)

there's no free lunch

As a country, we must face the fact that there is no free lunch for Social Security recipients.

there's no going back

There's no going back, even if I wanted to, which I don't.

Too late you realize that there's no going back.

there's no harm in doing sth/it does no harm to do sth

there's no holding sb (back)

For Casey, there was no holding back when it came to music.

there's no knowing

If we go there's no knowing .

Otherwise there's no knowing just how many more he would have killed.

there's no law against sth

there's no need (for sb) to do sth

There's no need to shout - I'm not deaf!

There was no need for me to stay there.

And there's no need for us to move to the city.

But there's no need to join to get out on the water.

I usually read to them a bit, but there's no need for you to.

Police say there's no need for genuine fans to be any more worried now that Swindon's in the big league.

Whatever the cause, there's no need for you to worry.

there's no smoke without fire

And if you believe there's no smoke without fire, Sean Young must be a towering inferno.

But there's no smoke without fire.

there's no such person/thing etc as sb/sth

He says there's no such thing as a citizens arrest.

Raymond runs the exclusive Manoir aux Quat Saisons in Wheatley, where there's no such thing as a free lunch.

To the professionals who work with troubled couples, however, there's no such thing as the wronged spouse.

there's no telling what/how etc

there's no time to lose

through no fault of her/my etc own

In my opinion Anna acted more childishly but through no fault of her own.

So, through no fault of my own, I was at a loose end quite a bit.

to good/great/no etc effect

And the book eschews alphabetical order in favour of thematic logic - to good effect .

Any ball direct to deane was usually flicked on to no effect .

But nobody demonized the opposition to greater effect than did Clinton strategist James Carville during the 1992 presidential campaign.

Jones has turned the Trust's restrictions on the use of agrochemicals to good effect .

The bi-colour l.e.d. can utilise a transparent lens-clip to good effect .

The task of management is to use these to greatest effect .

The threefold model of church growth of cell, congregation and celebration works at Ichthus to great effect .

Video is a relatively new medium for in-house communications and is used by some companies to great effect .

to no purpose

The negotiations lasted for days, apparently to no purpose .

Alba was empty enough of men to govern and serve, without throwing them away to no purpose .

She called after them to no purpose .

The chariot moves back and forth, he wrote, but to no purpose .

to/of no avail

We searched everywhere to no avail .

Although she was treated by a vet, it was to no avail .

But effort and reason were to no avail .

But it was to no avail .

Their effort to continue life as before, as if nothing had happened, is to no avail .

Tricky flying was to no avail here.

Work may be done that may be to no avail .

under no circumstances

And under no circumstances are you allowed to vote for me.

But under no circumstances comfort the baby, or hold the baby.

Etiquette demanded that under no circumstances would he change his mind.

Juvenile Court proceedings can be reported but under no circumstances may any child involved in the proceedings be identified.

Lydon was adamant that under no circumstances would he rejoin the group.

Tears must not be allowed to fill their eyes and under no circumstances run down their cheeks.

That is, under no circumstances must I mention to anyone that I have turned down an invitation to return to Blighty.

The trouble with the proposal was that under no circumstances would the United States give up its ultimate veto on the bombs.

want no part of sth

But manatee revelers wanted no part of the little pine trees.

He wanted no part of foreign soils.

My Sam - he wanted no part of it.

Otherwise, it wants no part of North Forest's manifold problems.

They wanted no part of team systems.

They wanted no part of the Clinton plan.

You must accept that she wants no part of you.

waste no time (in) doing sth

Peter wasted no time finding himself another girlfriend.

Additionally, less electricity is used and the chef wastes no time waiting for the correct temperature to be reached.

Emil, the crew and I wasted no time watching.

If it demurred, the Corps might waste no time in trying to build it instead.

Lee wasted no time entering Maryland, the men being in high spirits as the bold move was made.

Ringwald wastes no time wedging herself between McGaw and his coed girlfriend, Sarah Lassez.

Shouting to Wemyss to cope with this situation, Douglas wasted no time.

The man's wife had wasted no time going through his closets picking up worn and odd pairs.

The Right was wasting no time, meanwhile.

yes and no

"Were you surprised?" "Well, yes and no. I knew they were planning something, but I wasn't sure what."

A decision is more a matter of yes and no: is this thing worth doing or is it not worth doing?

Not words we use much in the Civil Service, yes and no, even in the most impersonal contexts.

There was no significant difference to the manner in which yes and no responses increased over memory set size.

you have no idea (how/what etc)

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

LeeAnn's answer was a definite no .

The noes have it.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

Even in the canton of Geneva, an internationalist bastion, 58.9 % said no .

The answer has to be a resounding no .

Longman DOCE5 Extras English vocabulary.      Дополнительный английский словарь Longman DOCE5.