in no uncertain terms


in no uncertain terms
a) (of a statement, especially a threat or admonishment) bluntly, forthrightly; explicitly, categorically

The latter held up the lamp where it wouldnt get smashed and admonished them in no uncertain terms that he wanted me alive.

b) (with subject-verb inversion, this takes on a negative meaning)

Kennedy assured West German Ambassador Wilhelm Grewe in no uncertain terms that he does not intend to let West Berlin go down the drain.


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