Ask me no questions and I’ll tell you no lies

Ask me no questions and I’ll tell you no lies is a proverb that is hundreds of years old. We will examine the meaning of the proverb ask me no questions and I’ll tell you no lies, where the expression came from, and some examples of its use in sentences.

Ask me no questions and I’ll tell you no lies means I cannot give you a true or accurate answer; therefore, do not ask me that question. The phrase ask me not questions and I’ll tell you no lies is a warning that one is unable or unwilling to answer a query truthfully. The expression ask me no questions and I’ll tell you no lies is attributed to the Irish playwright, Oliver Goldsmith, and his work, She Stoops to Conquer, written 1773.

Examples

The statement reads: “Ask me no questions and I’ll tell you no lies – President Muhammadu Buhari started his second term as the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as he meant to continue: with no message of hope and nothing to offer the good people of this country.” (Sahara Reporters)

“Ask me no questions, and I’ll tell you no lies, Earth creature!” the Robot sasses in “The Ghost Planet” (Season 2), inasmuch as an affectless “tintinnabulating tin can” can sass. (New York Times)

I was browsing an Irish website that sells sex toys (ask me no questions and I will tell you no lies, my friends) and I came across something that has haunted me ever since. (Irish Examiner)