flat refusal

See: rebuff
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Hunt gave them a flat refusal, and threatened, if they or any of their tribes followed him with similar demands, to treat them as enemies.
Jack asked to be allowed to visit the ape, but again he was met with flat refusal.
I certainly didn't mean to do so; but I did not like to give him a flat refusal, for fear mamma should be grieved and angry (for I knew she wished me to marry him), and I wanted to talk to her first about it: So I gave him what I thought was an evasive, half negative answer; but she says it was as good as an acceptance, and he would think me very capricious if I were to attempt to draw back - and indeed I was so confused and frightened at the moment, I can hardly tell what I said.
Every attempt has been met with a flat refusal to engage or, in almost every case, complete silence," the bank's statement said.
THE DUP's Gregory Campbell wants the sale of ouija boards regulated but he has been given a flat refusal in the House of Commons.
As soon as you approach one, be ready to receive a flat refusal.
Chancellor Angela Merkel last week signalled she may shift her stance from a flat refusal when she told a local newspaper that the crimes of IS militants were "appalling" and the task of halting their advance was up to "the entire international community".
Chancellor Angela Merkel last week signaled she may shift her stance from a flat refusal when she told a local newspaper that the crimes of IS militants were "appalling" and the task of halting their advance was up to "the entire international community".
Kyrgyz State Border Service Chairman Raimberdi Duishenbiyev replied with a flat refusal, saying Kyrgyz border guards won't leave their positions, while Tajik side should provide necessary explanations to population of border villages to prevent recurrence of their unlawful actions.
No-one is suggesting that a flat refusal to quit smoking or lose weight will automatically rule you out of elective surgery.
The flat refusal of banks in this country to extend affordable credit, and the almost impenetrable hedge of red tape designed to discourage startups, precludes cash-strapped entrepreneurs from getting established.
FLAT REFUSAL Andrew Johnson outside the makeshift camp he set up in the middle of the Cheviot View Estate