Don't Mention It

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Meaning of Idiom 'Don't Mention it'

Don't mention it is one of the many idiomatic responses to "Thank You." When someone thanks you for something and you say "Don't mention it," you are saying that there is no need to thank you and, in fact, there is no need to even mention it. This is a warm response to gratitude, and you are are telling someone that your help is to be expected and no expression of gratitude is needed. 1

Note: Most responses to thank you, despite their specific allusions, are used routinely and offhand as standard substitutes for "You're welcome."

Usage

"Oh, my God, thanks for picking me up for work, I don't know what I would have done without you," said Maurice. "Don't mention it," replied Richard.

"Thanks for helping me move all that junk. I owe you a six pack of beer!" said Ben. "Don't even mention it," said Travis, "but could use a beer!"

Origin

Used as an idiom since the early 1900's.

Sources
1. Brenner, Gail Abel. Webster's New World American Idioms Handbook. Wiley, 2003.

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