in no uncertain terms

Emphatically, definitely so. For example, Jane told them in no uncertain terms that she wanted no part of their practical joke. The double negative in this idiom serves for emphasis. [Mid-1900s] Also see in so many words.


Nearby words

  1. in memory of,
  2. in mind,
  3. in name only,
  4. in no case,
  5. in no time,
  6. in nomine,
  7. in nothing flat,
  8. in omnia paratus,
  9. in on, be,
  10. in one blow

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