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: The burritos Ron ate for lunch did not agree with his stomach. He needed to use the restroom and didn’t want anyone to bother him, so he said to 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.”


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)

  • I’m going to change the sleep schedule for my kids because they haven’t been getting enough sleep. I’ll tell them they need 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 that 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 an expression appears in an old newspaper or book and it gets quoted on here, that does not necessarily mean the expression originates from that source. It simply means the saying is at least that old.