Used to suggest that it is not someone’s (or one’s) place to question a situation: to be a Met Assistant you didn’t have to understand the weather, only to record—ours not to reason why
[with allusion to Tennyson's ‘Charge of the Light Brigade’ (1854)]
More example sentences
- In all likelihood they took on board the soldiers' dictum of ‘ours not to reason why’ and just got on with it.
- Theirs not to make reply, theirs not to reason why, theirs but to do and die.
- Her lot is not to reason why.