out of the question


: not possible or allowed
Asking my father for money was completely out of the question.
Wearing a stained blouse to dinner was out of the question.

Examples of out of the question in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And yet running the table isn't out of the question. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 19 Dec. 2022 Collecting similar measurements of the Taku—a glacier with an area of about 280 square miles—would be out of the question for the few researchers on a typical expedition. Ben Huff, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Apr. 2023 But looking for a new owner was out of the question. Muktita Suhartono, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Apr. 2023 Baths might be out of the question, but showers can easily turn into a spa-like experience with steamers that give off scents of popular essential oils. Cailey Lindberg, Good Housekeeping, 27 Feb. 2023 Drafting a quarterback isn’t out of the question this spring. Dallas News, 23 Feb. 2023 If Houston's hitting staff can mitigate Sanchez's ugly free-swinging tendencies, a third career All-Star appearance isn't totally out of the question. Michael Shapiro, Chron, 2 Feb. 2023 The National Weather Service said the primary threat will be damaging wind gusts, but a brief tornado isn’t out of the question, either. Leigh Morgan, al, 1 Feb. 2023 Prices had spiked in the area, but moving to a cheaper place farther inland was out of the question. Thomas Simonetti, Washington Post, 23 Dec. 2022

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“Out of the question.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/out%20of%20the%20question. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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