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no-no

[noh-noh] /ˈnoʊˌnoʊ/
noun, plural no-nos, no-no's. Informal.
1.
anything that is forbidden or not advisable, as because of being improper or unsafe:
If you want to lose weight, rich desserts are a no-no.
Origin
1940-1945
1940-45, Americanism; reduplication of no1
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  • The second no-no was one of the first night games in major league history.
  • Empty seats are a no-no on camera, so when stars win or head to the loo, an army of seat-fillers is called upon to replace them.
Word Origin and History for no-no
n.

1942, from reduplication of no.

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