don't ask (one)

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

ˌdon’t ask ˈme

(spoken, informal) if you say don’t ask me, you mean that you do not know the answer to a question and are annoyed that you have been asked: Don’t ask me — nobody tells me anything around here.
See also: ask