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ask (something) of

To request something of another person. I hope she doesn't ask that of me—I'm afraid I won't be able to say no. I'm sorry, but I'm not sure. Ask those questions of the boss.
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ask something of someone or something

to request or demand something from someone, something, or a group. I want to ask something of you. We will ask that of the board of directors. You should ask that of your database.
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References in classic literature ?
How long will it be," the child asked of the Tin Woodman, "before we are out of the forest?
I asked of one foursome playing cards at one table.
Notice the questions asked of Jesus by the lawyer to set up Jesus' telling his tale.
Williams cautions, "Women need to be aware of patterns of questions that are only asked of women and not men.
Begin the interview with general questions such as the first three asked of the CEO and the CFO listed above).
Specifically, it will provide guidance regarding the questions that may be asked of applicants and employees, what tests may be administered at the various stages of the employment process, and what reasonable accommodations should be made for applicants' and employees' disabilities.
More than 220,000 questions are asked of Ask Jeeves and Ask Jeeves for Kids on a daily basis.
The question asked of Elijah is the one we ask of ourselves whenever trouble has reached a fever pitch: What on earth am I doing?