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.
Meanwhile, no word from Boris Johnson on foreign affairs apart from a flat refusal to pay the Brexit bill and a belief that the Russians would interfere to help Labour because "Putin would rejoice to see British defences weakened, Britain's foreign policy become less active, to see us detached from the United States".
But, again, I was very disappointed to receive a flat refusal and even more disappointed that the details of the offer have been leaked out, yet again.
When the Home Secretary delivered her flat refusal in the Commons yesterday there were gasps of disbelief.
This flat refusal, reported here by DEBKAfile's Washington sources, confronted Israeli officials when they met last week with heads of the National Security Council at the White House.
Every attempt has been met with a flat refusal to engage or, in almost every case, complete silence," the bank's statement said.
Fudge implicitly recognises, the inquisitorial machinery mobilised against Hus, and his flat refusal to obey the Church, brings his case within the ambit of Moore's 'persecuting society'.
As soon as you approach one, be ready to receive a flat refusal.
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".
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".