Not Have (Any of) It

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In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: Not Have It.

What does “not have it” mean?
  • To not accept or tolerate something already mentioned
  • To not be part of or involve oneself with something previously stated
  • To be complete unwilling to do something or refuse something
How to use it?
  • Use it in the past tense (past progressive, for instance): was/were not having it
  • Other variants of this idiom: not have any of it, have none of it
Examples:
  • The defendant pleaded for mercy, but the jurors weren’t having it.
  • The police tried to calm down the crowd, but the protesters made it clear that they wouldn’t have any of it.

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References:

https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/

https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/

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