nothing of the kind

Idioms & Phrases

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]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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