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don't ask me

INFORMAL
This page is about the conversational phrase don't ask me

Meaning

This is an impolite thing to say after being asked a question you don't want to answer.

For example

  • "Where's the stolen money?"
    "Don't ask me! I haven't got it."

  • "If you haven't been bullying them, why do they keep saying you have?"
    The boy shrugged and said, "Don't ask me."

Quick Quiz

People often say "Don't ask me!" if they're annoyed at being

a. asked for information

b. asked to help somebody

c. asked to wait for something

Contributor: Matt Errey