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No two ways about it


  • No two ways about it
     is an idiom that is hundreds of years old. An idiom is a commonly used word, group of words, or phrase that has a figurative meaning that is not easily deduced from its literal definition. Often using descriptive imagery or metaphors, common idioms are words and phrases used in the English language in order to convey a concise idea, and are often spoken or are considered informal or conversational. English idioms can illustrate emotion more quickly than a phrase that has a literal meaning, even when the etymology or origin of the idiomatic expression is lost. An idiom is a metaphorical figure of speech, and it is understood that it is not a use of literal language. Figures of speech like an often-used metaphor have definitions and connotations that go beyond the literal meaning of the words. Mastery of the turn of phrase of an idiom, which may use slang words or other parts of speech common in American slang or British slang, is essential for the English learner. Many English as a Second Language students do not understand idiomatic expressions and idiomatic language such as hit the sack, spill the beans, let the cat out of the bag, silver lining, back to the drawing board, barking up the wrong tree, kick the bucket, hit the nail on the head, face the music, under the weather, piece of cake, when pigs fly, and raining cats and dogs, because they attempt to translate them word for word, which yields only the literal meaning. English phrases that are idioms should not be taken literally. In addition to learning vocabulary and grammar, one must understand the phrasing of the figurative language of idiomatic phrases in order to know English like a native speaker; it is helpful to maintain a list of phrases, common expressions, colloquial terms, and popular expressions to memorize that are used figuratively or idiomatically. We will examine the meaning of the common idiom no two ways about it, where it came from, and some examples of its idiomatic usage in sentences.

     

    No two ways about it means that something is absolutely true, that there is no room for argument, that something is beyond doubt. The idiom no two ways about it refers to the fact that there is only one way to look at the issue in question. The expression no two ways about it should be rendered as there are no two ways about it, but it is often seen or heard as there’s no two ways about it. The phrase came into use in the United States in the early 1800s, and the earliest use is found in quotations that include vernacular speech.

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    Examples

    “She was written as an Indian character, and Huma is a really amazing actress, no two ways about it.” he said, adding, “We talked about who we could get, and the casting director brought her up.“ (Hindustan Times

    There’s no two ways about it, I regret what I did as a teen, but I feel no need to hide it: I was a burglar, and now I’m not. (The Guardian)

    There are no two ways about it, argues Jeremy Grantham: “The long, long bull market since 2009 has finally matured into a fully-fledged epic bubble”. (Financial Times)


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