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(See also REJECTION.)
no dice No, no way, nothing doing, absolutely not; a negative response or result. Although many tales surround the derivation of this expression, it is likely that since dice often implies luck, no dice simply implies no luck.
I was around at her bank this morning trying to find out what her balance was, but no dice. Fanny won’t part. (P. G. Wodehouse, Barmy in Wonderland, 1952)
no soap No; usually said in refusal or rejection. The origin of this expression is unknown, but it may have been originally used to refuse a bribe, since a slang meaning of soap is ‘bribe money.’
If you don’t know, just say, “No soap.” (Marks, Plastic Age, 1924)
thumbs down Disapproval, disapprobation, rejection. This expression refers to making a fist and extending the thumb downward, a gesture which, in the days of gladiatorial combats in ancient Rome, indicated that the spectators thought a defeated gladiator had fought poorly and, as a result, should be slain by the victor. The expression is commonly used figuratively as evidenced in a quote from bacteriologist Paul de Kruif (1890–1971), cited in Webster’s Third:
The government thumbs-down on penicillin for [treating] endocarditis was published.
See also thumbs up, APPROVAL.
|Noun||1.||refusal - the act of refusing |
denial - the act of refusing to comply (as with a request); "it resulted in a complete denial of his privileges"
repudiation - refusal to acknowledge or pay a debt or honor a contract (especially by public authorities); "the repudiation of the debt by the city"
prohibition - refusal to approve or assent to
|2.||refusal - a message refusing to accept something that is offered|
she brushed aside my refusals → hizo caso omiso de mis negativas
he didn't take her refusal seriously → no tomó en serio su negativa
he was shot for his refusal to obey orders → lo mataron de un tiro por negarse a obedecer órdenes
I'm giving you/you have first refusal (on the house) → le daré/tendrá prioridad en la compra (de la casa)
a flat refusal → una negativa rotunda
her request met with a flat refusal → su solicitud fue rechazada de plano