[ shant, shahnt ]
/ ʃænt, ʃɑnt /
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contraction of shall not.
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usage note for shan't
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How to use shan't in a sentence
I shall be so afraid that the roof will tumble in, or somebody come down the chimney to catch me, that I shant sleep a wink.Tessa Wadsworth's Discipline|Jennie M. Drinkwater
No, dont look at me; but David, I can say this—when you come back—some day, when its all over—I shant have changed.The Wasted Generation|Owen Johnson
We shant see him again; I am sorry for that, for he is a smart fellow; its a pity that he went too far.
We must gain ground first, and with these chains on our feet, we shant go far.
Its a scheme I shant tell you about till its all worked out and over with, but I think its going to work all right.Winona of the Camp Fire|Margaret Widdemer
British Dictionary definitions for shan't
/ (ʃɑːnt) /
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