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no can do

INFORMAL
This page is about the conversational phrase no can do

Meaning

This is a humorous or light-hearted way of saying you can't do something.

For example

  • "How about a couple more beers over here?"
    "Sorry, mate. No can do. The bar's closed."

  • "Let's go out for lunch."
    "No can do, I'm afraid - too much to do."

Quick Quiz

I said, "Are you going to the party?" and Sam said, "No can do.

a. I'm already there."

b. I'll be there soon."

c. I've got to study."

Contributor: Matt Errey