고마운 친구에게 밥사준다고 말하니까, 친구가 미안해하며 거절하려고 한다.
- 나: 정말 고맙다. 야, 나와라. 내가 밥 사줄게
- 친구: 아 뭘. 괜찮아..
- if someone will not take no for an answer, they continue asking for something although their request has already been refused
- 밑 그래프를 보면 이 표현은 1900년 초반부터 갑자기 인기가 많아진 것을 알 수 있다 . image source: Google Ngram 구글검색을 해보니, Dictionary.com 에 따르면 이 표현은 1930년 윈스턴 처칠의 자서전 “My Early Life”에서 쓰였단다: “Don’t take no for an answer, never submit to failure.” . 이것 때문에 유행을 탄 것 같다.
- “not take no for an answer”는 보통 어떻게 쓰일까? ngram으로 확인해보면 쉽게 알수 있다.
image source: Google Ngram
would not take no for an answer 또는 will not take no for an answer, 즉 미래부정로 자주 쓰이는 것을 확인할 수 있다. 이 사실을 염두하고, 이 표현을 쓸 수 있는 두 상황을 알아보자.
상황1 : 뭔가 내키지 않아하는 친구에게 강하게 제안하고 싶을 때
- 나: Let’s go get a cup of coffee
- 친구: um…
- 나: and I will not take no for an answer. Come! walks out of the door
속 짜증나게 조를 때.~~ (드러누움)
- 사장: Sorry. Based on your performance during internship, I don’t think I would be able to offer you a job
- 인턴: Why..? please. I will do anything you ask…please
- 사장: No means no. May I ask you to leave my office? Thanks.
- 인턴 : please
- 사장: Security!!!
- 1 hour later*
- 사장친구: What happened during the interview?
- 사장: that annoying guy wouldn’t take no for an answer..
- I won’t take no for an answer. Get in the car (Walking Tall)
- When you don’t take ‘no’ for an answer… …there is still a chance you’ll get what you want (2046)
- She was a lot like you. Tough. Wouldn’t take “no” for an answer. (The Proposal)
- Those outlaws just don’t know how to take “no” for an answer. (Goin’ South)
- A: OK, we can go right now. B: I have class! A: Tonight. I won’t take no for an answer. (Pretty In Pink)
- “Never take no for an answer if no isn’t the answer to the question.” - Dame Tessa Jowell MP (Bloomberg)
- The overwhelming response of scientists and defense experts, after 18 months of reflection, is that it can’t be done. But Mr. Reagan won’t take no for an answer. (NYT)
- ‘When did we begin to take no for an answer in diplomacy?” Mr. Blix replied with a gentlemanly smile. (NYT)
- when it comes to the art, i don’t take no for an answer.
- Believe the unbelievable. Dream the impossible. Never take no for an answer.
- I asked once, I’ll ask again… Why can’t guys take no for an answer?
- See, I generally don’t take no for an answer.
- I won’t take no for an answer.
- Then we shouldn’t take no for an answer.
- Don’t take no for an answer? He was gonna call the fuzz.
- who couldn’t take no for an answer
- unwilling to take no for an answer
META & CONTEXT
- Is it a slang? No.
- Can I use it in an email? Yes.
- Can I use it in a formal setting? Yes.
- Frequency? A lot