why ever

why ever

Used to add emphasis to the normal question "why." Sometimes used ironically or sarcastically. Why ever did you get into business with that crook? A: "John, did you take Samantha's book?" B: "Now, why ever would you accuse me of that?"
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why ˈever...?

used in questions to mean ‘why?’, expressing surprise: Why ever didn’t you tell us?
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It is now quite clear why ever since its establishment the NCHR was made dysfunctional by denying it funds he said questioning also the commitment of the government towards human rights issues.
And yet I have to admit, if you fancy letting it all hang out on holiday, and why ever not, Gran Canaria is not a bad place to do it.
Perhaps, this explains why ever since Roposo launched a mobile app four months ago, it has seen a tremendous spike in users contributing to the content.
His rib-tickling humour appeals to people of all ages, which is why ever since the show was announced, people have been rushing to secure their tickets.
Such a gift can't really be measured--and why ever should we want to do so?
Even when you give it your 100 percent attention, accidents happen so why ever would pick up your phone?
Why ever would you care because who do you intend to show this particular little home movie to?
The flip side of course, is that if Wales can't get home in situations like yesterday, why ever should we back them to do so in a knockout scenario against a side supposedly even better than the Boks?
No doubt we'll seriously consider the Hennessy - why ever not?
Why ever actually talk to anyone when you can tweet, e-mail, instant message, telephone, and text them?
30pm: IF you've never seen this show before - and if not, why ever not?
And why ever should Piers Morgan think he has been given the divine right to draw a line for women which has clearly not been etched for men?
Add to that life as a busy mum with two children, a bandsman husband, plus a teaching career and you wonder why ever Alex would want to take on any more.
When Iran calls for "multilateralism" and "progress free from double standards for all nations," it reflects thinking in Moscow and Beijing, one reason why ever getting Russia and China behind meaningful sanctions against Iran is a pipe dream: more on that later.
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