"...the girl wasn't having any."

Via32

Senior Member
Hungarian
Hi Everyone,

Could you help me understand the bold sentence below please?

"...when Douglas was in the Eagle Squadron, he fell for a little English girl who was engaged to a boy named Clark in Douglas' Squadron. Douglas did everything he could do move in, but the girl wasn't having any."
Sidney Sheldon - The Other Side of Midnight

To me it seems as the sentence is not complete. The girl wasn't having any what? Or is that a set phrase or expression?
 
  • Enquiring Mind

    Senior Member
    English - the Queen's
    Hi Via32, it's a common idiom.
    be not having any (of that) to refuse to agree to something, listen to someone etc
    I tried to explain to her, but she just wasn’t having any of it. (Longman [not in WR])
    So in your context, she rejected his advances. [Note: the stress is on "having".]
     
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    Trochfa

    Senior Member
    UK
    English - England
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    I'm not sure I've ever heard the expression used without the "of it/of that" part at the end, so I wouldn't assume it's always been just an option to include it or not in AE.

    (Or if I had, my mind would have immediately supplied the last part as "not spoken but understood.")

    So, I agree the complete phrase makes more sense as the starting point of comprehension.

    (I think from what I've cursorily read over the years -- but don't know for a fact -- is that English tends to drop many words as "understood" much more than do other languages generally, but that may be a false impression.)
     
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