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to nix

to veto something


to nix sth. = etw. ablehnen; verbieten; über den Haufen werfen; ein Ende machen —— nix [coll.) = Nichts



“EU Court NIXES Brussels Suit Over Dangerous Herbicide Glyphosate - Europe’s highest court on Thursday tossed out a challenge from Brussels to the European Commission decision that lets Europeans use glyphosate-based herbicides known to harm bees.”

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Did you


to prevent something from happening by saying “no” to it .

Oxford Dictionary


ca. 18th century from German, colloquial form of nichts, nothing.


- I’m honoured but I can’t.
- I wish there were two of me.
- Oh dear, I have something else.
- Rats, I’m just not able to fit this in!
- In another universe I’d say yes to that.
- Although I can’t do A, what I can do is B and C.
- That sounds lovely, I just can’t swing it this week.
- Sorry, I’m not able to take on anything else right now.
- Your proposal is intriguing, sadly it’s just not a good fit for us.
- I would if I could, but I just have another deadline to hit today.
- Thanks so much for thinking of me, but I’m underwater with project Q.
- I can’t make that happen before your deadline, but I’m happy to put you in touch with Mrs X. She can give background on Y if that’s of any help to you.


veto, blackball. shoot down, reject, turn down, refuse, ban, quash, squash, kill, disallow, embargo, give the thumbs down to, boycott, throw out, give the red light to, vote down, vote against, say ‘no’ to, prohibit, forbid, block, interdict, outlaw, proscribe, dismiss, rule out, overrule, nullify, stop, rule against, decline, discountenance, deny, cut, burn, place an embargo on, declare, pass on, not go for, put an end to, put a stop to, refuse permission to, put the kibosh on, blacklist, cold-shoulder, anathematize, disacknowledge, shut the door on.

Practice OWAD in an English conversation, say something like:

“We quickly NIXED the proposal, it would have taken us way over budget.”

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