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no-no

Meaning: something that must not be done

For example:

  • Wearing socks with sandals is a no-no for our kids. Their friends would tease them and say they looked ridiculous.

  • Kissing in public is a no-no in many Middle Eastern countries.

Note: almost always used with the indefinite article "a"

Quick Quiz:

If you're told that something is a "no-no", it means
  1. it's out of stock
  2. it's not a "yes-yes"
  3. you shouldn't do it

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