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no can do = not possible

The owner was asked if the company could have a big picnic this year, and she said, "No can do."

woman on phone

no laughing matter = something is serious. Something might look funny, but it’s not funny.

His boss actually kicked him out of his office, but it was no laughing matter to anyone who saw it happen because it was so cruel.

 

kicked out

no matter what = nothing can stop something else from happening; this will happen.

They are determined to have a baby together–no matter what.

They will support each other, no matter what.

couple

no question = something is true; something is obvious to everyone.

There’s no question about his talent as a soccer player. He’s very, very good.

soccer player

no time to lose = it’s necessary to go fast; hurry.

There’s no time to lose. We must move very quickly or else we’ll be late.

clock

not at all = completely not; very negative.

He’s not at all sorry that he gave up his car and now rides a bike to work.

A: Do you miss driving your car?

B: No. Not at all.

pro man

now and then = occasionally; sometimes

Now and then he misses the bus, and then he has to walk to school; however, it doesn’t happen that often.

boy running

now that = because (now)

Now that Theresa is 16 years old, she can drive a car.

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