not at all

not at all

Meaning

  • a polite response when someone says “thank you” – as a synonym for “you’re welcome”
  • used to answer a question when you want to strongly convey that the answer is “No!
  • not even a small amount
  • not even a little bit

Example Sentences

  1. Thank you so much for helping with my move. Not at all.
  2. Thank you for all of your effort regarding my job application. Not at all.
  3. Would it bother you if I open the window to let in some fresh air? Not at all.
  4. Did you enjoy the ballet this weekend? Not at all.
  5. She was not at all polite to his new girlfriend when they met over the weekend.
  6. I am not at all hungry after the large breakfast that we had earlier.
  7. I’m not at all impressed with your stupid ideas.
  8. I replied politely, “Not at all!” – When a beautiful lady said, “Thank you!”
  9. My English teacher often reply as “not at all” – when we say “thank you” to her.

Origin

The origin of the phrase is not familiar. It is, however, used more in British English than American. It is a formal way of saying “no problem”. Used to convey that the task did not require too much effort at all from the person performing it. It sounds strange to younger people as it is not used in common language as much as it used to be.

Synonyms

  • you’re welcome
  • don’t mention it
  • my pleasure
  • it’s no trouble
  • it was nothing
  • no problem

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