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    nothing doing/ no dice/ no go/ no soup

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentences?

    He had, however, less intention even than before of moving for a meeting of the shareholders… No. Nothing doing – as they said nowadays.
    nothing doing = nix of that

    Jim asked Dad to help pay for the repairs, but Dad said no soap.
    no soup = no, certainly not; also, impossible

    We tried to rent the church for the wedding, but it's no go for the date you picked.
    no go = no soup

    Anthony wanted to borrow my new coat, but Mom said no dice.
    no dice = no go

    Thank you for your efforts.



  2. Editor,
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    Re: nothing doing/ no dice/ no go/ no soup

    I dn't know no soap/soup- the nearest I can come up with is: The Soup Nazi - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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