Out of the question

Out of the Question Meaning

Definition: There is no possibility of allowing that.

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Origin of Out of the Question

This expression comes from the 1700s.

In this idiom, question doesn’t refer lớn a question in the way we typically think of it today. Rather, it simply refers to lớn the topic of discussion. If something is impossible, it means that there is no point in discussing it any further, since it cannot happen. Therefore, it is out of the question in the sense of it is out of the discussion.

This expression is appropriate in business contexts as well as conversational English. However, because of its strong meaning, it can come across as harsh.

In order lớn make this gentler, some people might preface it with a softening phrase, such as I’m afraid that is out of the question.

Examples of Out of the Question

In this example, two parents are talking about their children.

Rodrigo: My son is having a lot of behavior problems in school. His school principal is suggesting that I transfer hlặng khổng lồ a school that specializes in behavior issues.

Alisha: What did you tell the principal?

Rodrigo: I told her that it was out of the question! My son might be challenging in the classroom right now, but it is nothing that can’t be fixed. However, the principal told me that ultimately it might not be my decision. If the teachers and the principal agree that they can’t help my son, he might get expelled.

Alisha: Did you try lớn research the school she suggested? I know that you had a svào initial reaction against the idea. However, it might be worth looking into lớn. You never know if the other school is good or bad until you research it a little.

Rodrigo: I guess you’re right. I shouldn’t have said that it was out of the question. I need lớn consider every possibility that is in my son’s best interest.

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In the example below, two siblings are arguing about their parents.

Luis: Our business is going so well now. I’m glad we both agree that we have to lớn move sầu to a larger city in order khổng lồ take advantage of higher sales & lower prices.

Stephanie: Yes, I don’t see any other option. I’m just not looking forward khổng lồ telling our parents that we are going lớn be moving a few hours away.

Luis: Maybe we don’t have sầu khổng lồ tell them.

Stephanie: Are you suggesting that we lie khổng lồ them? That is completely out of the question. I’m not comfortable with that at all.

Luis: No, not at all. Maybe they could live sầu with you!

Stephanie: That is also out of the question. I can’t allow that.

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This excerpt is about an extremely talented swimmer who might be very successful.

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The phrase out of the question is another way to lớn say impossible.


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