ask a stupid question and you'll get a stupid answer

Also, ask a silly question. Your query doesn't deserve a proper answer, as in Am I hungry? ask a stupid question! One authority believes this idiom is a variant of ask me no questions and I'll tell you no fibs, which appeared in Oliver Goldsmith's play She Stoops to Conquer (1773) and was frequently repeated thereafter. [Early 1800s]


Nearby words

  1. asinine,
  2. asininity,
  3. asio,
  4. asir,
  5. ask,
  6. ask after,
  7. ask for,
  8. ask for the moon,
  9. ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country,
  10. ask out

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