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no fear

EnglishEdit

InterjectionEdit

no fear

  1. (UK, dated) No way.
    • 1904, M. R. James, Ghost Stories of an Antiquary:
      "Why, did you show him up some rot?"
      "No fear," he said.
    • 1992, The Animals of Farthing Wood, episode 2
      Toad: You should take up swimming!
      Rabbit: No fear, toad!
  2. Don't worry, no worries.
    • 1918, Mary Austin, The Trail Book:
      "No fear," he said. "Every man will know his own when I come to the Council."

Usage notesEdit

The two senses of the phrase are more or less antonymic: one can express a desire for something to proceed, while the other usually expresses a desire for something not to proceed. Since the phrase is a contranym, care should be taken to avoid ambiguity or confusion.