ask no questions and hear no lies

1773 GOLDSMITH She stoops to Conquer III. 51 Ask me no questions and I’ll tell you no fibs.

1818 SCOTT Heart of Midlothian I. ix. If ye’ll ask nae questions, I’ll tell ye nae lees.

1900 H. LAWSON Over Sliprails 135 ‘Where did you buy the steer, father?’ she asked. ‘Ask no questions and hear no lies.’

1906 R. KIPLING Puck of Pook’s Hill 252 Them that asks no questions isn’t told a lie—Watch the wall, my darling, while the Gentlemen go by!

1997 R. BOWEN Evans Above vi. 65 Charlie put his finger to his nose. ‘Them that asks no questions, don’t get told no lies, that’s what my old mother used to say,’ he said.


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