One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used to suggest that it is not someone's (or someone else's) place to question a situation or system.
- ‘Theirs not to make reply, theirs not to reason why, theirs but to do and die.’
- ‘In all likelihood they took on board the soldiers' dictum of ‘ours not to reason why’ and just got on with it.’
- ‘Her lot is not to reason why.’
- ‘It all seems as unregal as it is legal, but ours is not to reason why.’
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