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question Idioms & Phrases

call into question

  • verb challenge the accuracy, probity, or propriety of
    question; oppugn.
    • We must question your judgment in this matter

calling into question

  • noun a challenge to defend what someone has said
    demand for explanation.

cross question

  • verb question closely, or question a witness that has already been questioned by the opposing side
    cross examine.
    • The witness was cross-examined by the defense


  • noun a question asked in cross-examination
Cross"-ques`tion transitive verb
imperfect & past participle Cross-questioned present participle & verbal noun Cross-questioning
  1. To cross-examine; to subject to close questioning.
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In question

  • adjective satellite open to doubt or suspicion
    dubitable; dubious; doubtful.
    • the candidate's doubtful past
    • he has a dubious record indeed
    • what one found uncertain the other found dubious or downright false
    • it was more than dubitable whether the friend was as influential as she thought"- Karen Horney
  • in debate; in the course of examination or discussion; as, the matter or point in question.
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Leading question

  • noun a question phrased in such a way as to suggest the desired answer; a lawyer may ask leading questions on cross-examination
  • a question so framed as to guide the person questioned in making his reply.
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line of questioning

  • noun an ordering of questions so as to develop a particular argument
    line of inquiry.

Out of question

  • unquestionably. "Out of question, 't is Maria's hand." Shak.
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Out of the question

  • adjective satellite totally unlikely
    impossible; unimaginable; inconceivable.
  • beyond the limits or range of consideration; impossible to be favorably considered.
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Past question

  • beyond question; certainly; undoubtedly; unquestionably.
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pop the question

  • verb ask (someone) to marry you
    propose; declare oneself; offer.
    • he popped the question on Sunday night
    • she proposed marriage to the man she had known for only two months
    • The old bachelor finally declared himself to the young woman

Previous question

  • noun a motion calling for an immediate vote on the main question under discussion by a deliberative assembly
  • a question put to a parliamentary assembly upon the motion of a member, in order to ascertain whether it is the will of the body to vote at once, without further debate, on the subject under consideration. The form of the question is: "Shall the main question be now put?" If the vote is in the affirmative, the matter before the body must be voted upon as it then stands, without further general debate or the submission of new amendments. In the House of Representatives of the United States, and generally in America, a negative decision operates to keep the business before the body as if the motion had not been made; but in the English Parliament, it operates to postpone consideration for the day, and until the subject may be again introduced. In American practice, the object of the motion is to hasten action, and it is made by a friend of the measure. In English practice, the object is to get rid of the subject for the time being, and the motion is made with a purpose of voting against it. Cushing.
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question mark

  • noun a punctuation mark (?) placed at the end of a sentence to indicate a question
    interrogation point.

question master

  • noun the host or chairman of a radio or tv quiz show or panel game

question of fact

  • noun a disputed factual contention that is generally left for a jury to decide
    matter of fact.

question of law

  • noun a disputed legal contention that is generally left for a judge to decide
    matter of law.

question sheet

  • noun a written examination
    exam paper; examination paper; test paper.

question time

  • noun a period during a parliamentary session when members of British Parliament may ask questions of the ministers

rhetorical question

  • noun a statement that is formulated as a question but that is not supposed to be answered
    • he liked to make his points with rhetorical questions

To bag the question

  • to assume that which was to be proved in a discussion, instead of adducing the proof or sustaining the point by argument.
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To beg the question

  • . See under Beg.
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To pop the question

  • to make an offer of marriage to a lady. Colloq. Dickens.
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To the question

  • to the point in dispute; to the real matter under debate.
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yes-no question

  • noun a question that can be answered by yes or no

"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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