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out of the question



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out of the question
     1. adj. Not remotely possible.
Analysis
out
           See also individual phrasal verbs such as come out, go out, put out, take out, pull out, and so on.
     1. adv. Away from the inside or the centre.
           The magician pulled the rabbit out of the hat.
     2. adv. Away from home or one's usual place.
           Let's eat out tonight
of
     1. prep. Expressing distance or motion.
     2. prep.          (now obsolete, or dialectal) From (of distance, direction), "off".
     3. prep.          (obsolete except in phrases) Since, from (a given time, earlier state etc.).
     4. prep.          From, away from (a position, number, distance etc.).
                    There are no shops within twenty miles of the cottage.
the
     1. art. Definite grammatical article that implies necessarily that an entity it articulates is presupposed; something already mentioned, or completely specified later in that same sentence, or assumed already
           I’m reading the book. (Compare I’m reading a book.)
           The street in front of your house. (Compare A street in Paris.)
           The men and women watched the man give the birdseed to the bird.
     2. art.          Used before a noun modified by a restrictive relative clause, indicating that the noun refers to a single referent defined by the relative clause.
question
     1. n. A sentence, phrase or word which asks for information, reply or response; an interrogative.
           What is your question?
     2. n. A subject or topic for consideration or investigation.
           The question of seniority will be discussed at the meeting.
           There was a question of which material to use.

Example Sentences

Every thought comes back to the image of you and what you did, and forgiveness is out of the question because it's your fault that I'm half a man! 

Review Previous Phrases

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