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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