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ask me no questions, (and) I'll tell you no lies
Don't question me on that topic because I will probably lie. I'm not going to tell you what we're planning for your birthday, so ask me no questions, and I'll tell you no lies. A: "We want you to tell us the absolute truth about this." B: "Ask me no questions, I'll tell you no lies."
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ask me no questions, I'll tell you no lies
If you want the truth, better not ask directly. Listed in the Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs, this saying recurs throughout 150 years of English literature, from Oliver Goldsmith’s She Stoops to Conquer (1773), in which the lies are “fibs,” to George Bernard Shaw’s Man and Superman (1903).
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