nothing of the kind

Also, nothing of the sort.


No, certainly not, as in Did you push Charlie?—Nothing of the kind! or Do you think the kids were trying to shoplift?—Nothing of the sort. [Second half of 1800s]


Not at all like what is mentioned or expected, as in They thought we would look them up, but we'd intended nothing of the kind. [Second half of 1800s]

Nearby words

  1. nothing but,
  2. nothing doing,
  3. nothing if not,
  4. nothing like,
  5. nothing new under the sun,
  6. nothing short of,
  7. nothing succeeds like success,
  8. nothing to do with,
  9. nothing to it, there's,
  10. nothing to sneeze at

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.