If someone says they don’t want to hear no ifs, ands, or buts then that means they don’t want to hear any excuses.
The Origin Of ‘No Ifs, Ands, Or Buts
People do not always want to fulfill the responsibilities they have or complete the tasks they are given. Some people might even come up with a reason, or an excuse, for why they can’t. Sometimes these reasons are valid, but other times they are not. The conjectures “if” “and” or “but” are often a part of these excuses. For example, if a parent tells their child to take out the trash, the child might say: “But I’m in the middle of something.” Or maybe: “I’m tired, what if I do it tomorrow?”
Since these three words are frequently a part of excuses, someone tired of hearing them might say “no if, ands, or buts.” In other words, no excuses!
Anyways, let’s talk about how old this phrase is. This expression is at least over 150 years old. For instance, it appears in print in the New York Daily Times newspaper from the year 1854:
“No ifs or ands or buts about it.”
- Bob has played videos games instead of focusing on his school work, so his grades have suffered. His parents told him to finish his homework first from now on, and they didn’t want to hear no ifs ands or buts.