(to be) out of the question

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - out of the question

"(to be) out of the question"

not possible


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - out of the question

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Can I please borrow your car?

Friend 2:  Sorry. That's out of the question.

Friend 1:  Why is that?

Friend 2:  My car is in the repair shop.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - out of the question

A boss and employee are talking ...

Employee:  I would like to take my holidays during the last two weeks of December.

BossOut of the question!

Employee:  No possibility whatsoever?

Boss:  None. That is the absolute busiest time of year for us.

(to be) out of the question - Usage:


(to be) out of the question - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for out of the question.

(to be) out of the question - Examples:

1)  ... creating a native app is out of the question unless you have a dedicated developer to code for native apps.

2)  I was wondering if it would be completely out of the question to request starting 2 days after the day I first suggested. My new job ...

3)  ... there is probably little water to speak of. Life would be out of the question.

4)  Even sanctions would be out of the question under those conditions.

5)  ... clergymen themselves did not manifest interest in this work, it was out of the question to expect others to do so.

6)  I rescue animals all the time, and killing anything is out of the question. I think all life is sacred.

7)  Mr. Sampson explained to Jeramie that it was out of the question to use the facility for the purpose of one candidate.

8)  Lowering final price is out of the question, can they lower operating costs?

9)  Longer term institutional care is out of the question for most families because the cost is prohibitive.

10)  ... and a rain so penetrating, that further out-door exercise was now out of the question

11)  ... when so few things are forbidden -- so few things are out of the question.

12)  With such drastic increases in sea levels, it's not entirely out of the question that a city in such a location could actually have been swallowed by the ocean.

13)  ... Corinthians 7, the whole implication is that intermarriage with unbelievers was out of the question.

14)  Of course, hiring new people is out of the question -- again, especially when the workers are salaried.

15)  Isolated showers aren't out of the question. The rest of the week will feature sun-breaks, a few showers and ...

16)  ... federal government had become so overwhelmingly repressive that armed resistance was not out of the question.

17)  If leather is out of the question, I'd advise you to use a good quality vinyl.

18)  Gates insisted that such favorable treatment of AOL within Windows was out of the question.

19)  It's not out of the question to consider a position in a whole new field that would give you personal satisfaction.

20)  Don't pre-decide that something is out of the question because you never know what hurdles you will actually face and what medical needs your ...