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29th November 2021

Not likely!

We use this expression to say that we don't want or wouldn't like to do something.
Usage
Written: 
Yes
Spoken: 
Yes
Formal: 
No
Informal: 
Yes
Example 1
Would you like to go on a safari and sleep in the open where there might be lions?
Not lilkely! It sounds too risky and I prefer the comfort of a hotel.
Example 2
Imagine getting married at 13, having your first child at 14 and then five more!
I couldn't do that. Not likely!

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