No Questions Asked


If a person is told to do something no questions asked, it means they are to do it and not ask for any further information.

Example: Ron had a big stomach ache from the burritos he ate for lunch. So after coming out of the bathroom, he told everyone in the house: “For the next few hours, everyone will have to use the bathroom upstairs instead of the one downstairs, no questions asked.”
Synonyms / Related Phrases:
Nothing to see here.

The Origin Of ‘No Questions Asked’

This expression has been around since at least the 1700s. An example of this phrase being used in print comes from the Take The London Magazine from the year 1757. There’s a part inside that reads:

“Whoever brings her to Mrs. Trolly’s above-mentioned, or to the guard-room at E Whitehall, shall have fifty guineas reward, and no questions asked.

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Example Sentence(s)

  • My kids have not been getting enough sleep lately, so its time I change their sleep schedule. I’ll tell them they have to go to bed an hour earlier, no questions asked.
  • Jessica bought her husband a thoughtful gift and stored it in the closet. She then told her husband to stay out of the closet, no questions asked, until tomorrow.

Note: The quotes on here are generally the earliest I have seen of the phrase in print. Oftentimes, these quotes come from old newspapers or books that were written centuries ago. However, just because an old newspaper or book uses an expression and I quote it, that does not necessarily mean the expression originates from that source. It simply means the saying is at least that old.

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