nothing of the kind


Also, nothing of the sort.

1

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]

2

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]

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