of course not!INFORMAL
This page is about the conversational phrase of course not!
You can answer a question with this if you want to say "no" very definitely or forcefully.
- "Are the police allowed to shoot people who don't threaten them with a weapon?"
"Of course not! That would be murder."
- "Would you have gone out with him if you'd known he was violent?"
"Of course not! Do you think I wanted to be beaten up?"
This is a shortened form of phrases like "Of course they aren't", "Of course I wouldn't", "Of course she didn't", etc.
He said, "Of course not!" after someone said,
Contributor: Matt Errey