don't ask

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don't ask (one)

1. A phrase said when one doesn't want someone to inquire about something. A: "Whoa, what happened in here?" B: "Ugh, don't ask."
2. I don't know. In this phrase "ask" is followed by a noun or pronoun. A: "Whoa, what happened in here?" B: "Don't ask me, I just got home myself."
See also: ask

don't ask

A phrase used to fend off questions about a situation one finds awkward, unpleasant, or unsatisfactory. For example, How did we do in the bridge tournament? Don't ask! [Colloquial; 1960s] For a similar phrase, see forget it.
See also: ask

ˌdon’t ˈask

(spoken, informal) if you say don’t ask to somebody, you mean that you do not want to reply to their question, because it would be awkward, embarrassing, etc: ‘How was your trip?’ ‘Don’t ask! It was a disaster!’
See also: ask
References in classic literature ?
Don't ask me why I make the stipulations I am going to make, and exact the promise I am going to exact; I have a reason-- a good one.
So far as I am concerned, I don't ask you to remember that I am a clergyman--I obtrude my profession on nobody--I only ask you to remember your birth and your breeding.
I don't ask that," pleaded Jekyll, laying his hand upon the other's arm; "I only ask for justice; I only ask you to help him for my sake, when I am no longer here.
If we don't ask her, Felix must say it, for he's the only one who can, and we must have it, or she'd be shocked.
I don't ask for your love--I will be content with your affection and regard.
I don't ask you when you made it up, or where, or whether you made it up at all.
My dear Katharine," Rodney exclaimed, "I don't ask you for criticism, as I should ask a scholar.
don't ask me,' said he; `I think the king capable of anything; he has a will of iron, and what he wills he wills in earnest.
I'm willing to be your financial manager, Tom Swift, but please don't ask me to be a high-brow.
Very little, of course, and therefore I don't ask for your ultimatum on the spot.
David does it, for instance, and he and I know the likeliest place for leaving them in, and we shall tell you if you like, but for mercy's sake don't ask us before Porthos, for were he to find out the place he would take every one of them.
Affery immediately replied, 'For goodness sake don't ask me nothing, Arthur
Reid 1 believe as well, making it clear he wants to see the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell attached to the National Defense Authorization Act and that's what we as an administration are pushing for, and we certainly see the merit in using that as the legislative vehicle to ultimately get to repeal.
The X-Men star spoke out after the US president failed to overturn the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy which bars gay men and women from serving in the US army.
She gave an impassioned speech in support of repealing America's Don't Ask, Don't Tell laws at a rally in Deering Oaks Park in Portland, Maine, on Monday night.