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
- 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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