computer says no

computer says no

cliché Used to indicate any inflexible and unreasonable rejection or refusal, especially by a government department or customer support agent. The phrase was popularized as the catchphrase of a character on the sketch comedy show Little Britain. The local council's attitude has been "computer says no" to any and all calls for their dated infrastructure to be updated to modern spec. We've been asking the bank to allow us to forgo our loan repayments temporarily, given the extraordinary economic conditions right now, but all we're getting back is this "computer says no" response.
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