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not by any means



not by any means (not comparable)

  1. (idiomatic) Not at all, not in the slightest
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses Episode 16
      Though unusual in the Dublin area he knew that it was not by any means unknown for desperadoes who had next to nothing to live on to be abroad waylaying and generally terrorising peaceable pedestrians by placing a pistol at their head...