Definition of out of the question in US English:

out of the question

phrase

  • Too impracticable or unlikely to merit discussion.

    • ‘The idea that we somehow want to limit our trade with Mexico is out of the question.’
    • ‘Stretching is just about possible; touching the toes is out of the question.’
    • ‘Wearing them in public was completely out of the question, of course.’
    • ‘The closest railhead was hundreds of miles away and, in those early days of aviation, an air drop was out of the question.’
    • ‘Marriage to such a man with so little regard for the subtleties of English, she intimated, was out of the question.’
    • ‘The songwriters all seem so elated with the arrangement that a studio album may not be out of the question.’
    • ‘A casino is out of the question, as are any other new forms of gambling.’
    • ‘Keeping the child was out of the question, and not just because it was an era when unwanted pregnancies were scandals.’
    • ‘During his illness Colm was never able to leave the house and going to school was out of the question for him.’
    • ‘Games that involved any running were completely out of the question.’
    impossible, beyond the bounds of possibility, impracticable, unattainable, unachievable, not feasible, not worth considering, unworkable, unobtainable, inconceivable, unthinkable, unimaginable, unrealizable, unsuitable
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