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you're welcome

don't mention it
. No thanks are needed, I was glad to do it. For example,
Thanks for picking me up.—You're welcome
, or
I appreciate what you did for Mother.—Don't mention it
. Both phrases are polite formulas for responding to thanks. The first dates from about 1900; the variant was first recorded in 1841. For synonyms, see
, def. 2. Also see
welcome to
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