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 for Out of the question
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Out \Out\ (out), adv. [OE. out, ut, oute, ute, AS. [=u]t, and
     [=u]te, [=u]tan, fr. [=u]t; akin to D. uit, OS. [=u]t, G.
     aus, OHG. [=u]z, Icel. [=u]t, Sw. ut, Dan. ud, Goth. ut, Skr.
     ud. [root]198. Cf. About, But, prep., Carouse, Utter,
     a.]
     In its original and strict sense, out means from the interior
     of something; beyond the limits or boundary of somethings; in
     a position or relation which is exterior to something; --
     opposed to in or into. The something may be expressed
     after of, from, etc. (see Out of, below); or, if not
     expressed, it is implied; as, he is out; or, he is out of the
     house, office, business, etc.; he came out; or, he came out
     from the ship, meeting, sect, party, etc. Out is used in a
     variety of applications, as: 
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     1. Away; abroad; off; from home, or from a certain, or a
        usual, place; not in; not in a particular, or a usual,
        place; as, the proprietor is out, his team was taken out.
        Opposite of in. "My shoulder blade is out." --Shak.
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              He hath been out (of the country) nine years.
                                                    --Shak.
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     2. Beyond the limits of concealment, confinement, privacy,
        constraint, etc., actual or figurative; hence, not in
        concealment, constraint, etc., in, or into, a state of
        freedom, openness, disclosure, publicity, etc.; a matter
        of public knowledge; as, the sun shines out; he laughed
        out, to be out at the elbows; the secret has leaked out,
        or is out; the disease broke out on his face; the book is
        out.
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              Leaves are out and perfect in a month. --Bacon.
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              She has not been out [in general society] very long.
                                                    --H. James.
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     3. Beyond the limit of existence, continuance, or supply; to
        the end; completely; hence, in, or into, a condition of
        extinction, exhaustion, completion; as, the fuel, or the
        fire, has burned out; that style is on the way out. "Hear
        me out." --Dryden.
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              Deceitful men shall not live out half their days.
                                                    --Ps. iv. 23.
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              When the butt is out, we will drink water. --Shak.
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     4. Beyond possession, control, or occupation; hence, in, or
        into, a state of want, loss, or deprivation; -- used of
        office, business, property, knowledge, etc.; as, the
        Democrats went out and the Whigs came in; he put his money
        out at interest. "Land that is out at rack rent." --Locke.
        "He was out fifty pounds." --Bp. Fell.
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              I have forgot my part, and I am out.  --Shak.
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     5. Beyond the bounds of what is true, reasonable, correct,
        proper, common, etc.; in error or mistake; in a wrong or
        incorrect position or opinion; in a state of disagreement,
        opposition, etc.; in an inharmonious relation. "Lancelot
        and I are out." --Shak.
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              Wicked men are strangely out in the calculating of
              their own interest.                   --South.
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              Very seldom out, in these his guesses. --Addison.
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     6. Not in the position to score in playing a game; not in the
        state or turn of the play for counting or gaining scores.
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     7. Out of fashion; unfashionable; no longer in current vogue;
        unpopular.
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     Note: Out is largely used in composition as a prefix, with
           the same significations that it has as a separate word;
           as outbound, outbreak, outbuilding, outcome, outdo,
           outdoor, outfield. See also the first Note under
           Over, adv.
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     Day in, day out, from the beginning to the limit of each of
        several days; day by day; every day.
  
     Out at, Out in, Out on, etc., elliptical phrases, that
        to which out refers as a source, origin, etc., being
        omitted; as, out (of the house and) at the barn; out (of
        the house, road, fields, etc., and) in the woods.
  
              Three fishers went sailing out into the west,
              Out into the west, as the sun went down. --C.
                                                    Kingsley.
  
     Note: In these lines after out may be understood, "of the
           harbor," "from the shore," "of sight," or some similar
           phrase. The complete construction is seen in the
           saying: "Out of the frying pan into the fire."
  
     Out from, a construction similar to out of (below). See
        Of and From.
  
     Out of, a phrase which may be considered either as composed
        of an adverb and a preposition, each having its
        appropriate office in the sentence, or as a compound
        preposition. Considered as a preposition, it denotes, with
        verbs of movement or action, from the interior of; beyond
        the limit: from; hence, origin, source, motive, departure,
        separation, loss, etc.; -- opposed to in or into; also
        with verbs of being, the state of being derived, removed,
        or separated from. Examples may be found in the phrases
        below, and also under Vocabulary words; as, out of breath;
        out of countenance.
  
     Out of cess, beyond measure, excessively. --Shak.
  
     Out of character, unbecoming; improper.
  
     Out of conceit with, not pleased with. See under Conceit.
        
  
     Out of date, not timely; unfashionable; antiquated.
  
     Out of door, Out of doors, beyond the doors; from the
        house; not inside a building; in, or into, the open air;
        hence, figuratively, shut out; dismissed. See under
        Door, also, Out-of-door, Outdoor, Outdoors, in the
        Vocabulary. "He 's quality, and the question's out of
        door," --Dryden.
  
     Out of favor, disliked; under displeasure.
  
     Out of frame, not in correct order or condition; irregular;
        disarranged. --Latimer.
  
     Out of hand, immediately; without delay or preparation;
        without hesitation or debate; as, to dismiss a suggestion
        out of hand. "Ananias . . . fell down and died out of
        hand." --Latimer.
  
     Out of harm's way, beyond the danger limit; in a safe
        place.
  
     Out of joint, not in proper connection or adjustment;
        unhinged; disordered. "The time is out of joint." --Shak.
  
     Out of mind, not in mind; forgotten; also, beyond the limit
        of memory; as, time out of mind.
  
     Out of one's head, beyond commanding one's mental powers;
        in a wandering state mentally; delirious. [Colloq.]
  
     Out of one's time, beyond one's period of minority or
        apprenticeship.
  
     Out of order, not in proper order; disarranged; in
        confusion.
  
     Out of place, not in the usual or proper place; hence, not
        proper or becoming.
  
     Out of pocket, in a condition of having expended or lost
        more money than one has received.
  
     Out of print, not in market, the edition printed being
        exhausted; -- said of books, pamphlets, etc.
  
     Out of the question, beyond the limits or range of
        consideration; impossible to be favorably considered.
  
     Out of reach, beyond one's reach; inaccessible.
  
     Out of season, not in a proper season or time; untimely;
        inopportune.
  
     Out of sorts, wanting certain things; unsatisfied; unwell;
        unhappy; cross. See under Sort, n.
  
     Out of temper, not in good temper; irritated; angry.
  
     Out of time, not in proper time; too soon, or too late.
  
     Out of time, not in harmony; discordant; hence, not in an
        agreeing temper; fretful.
  
     Out of twist, Out of winding, or Out of wind, not in
        warped condition; perfectly plain and smooth; -- said of
        surfaces.
  
     Out of use, not in use; unfashionable; obsolete.
  
     Out of the way.
        (a) On one side; hard to reach or find; secluded.
        (b) Improper; unusual; wrong.
  
     Out of the woods, not in a place, or state, of obscurity or
        doubt; free from difficulty or perils; safe. [Colloq.]
  
     Out to out, from one extreme limit to another, including
        the whole length, breadth, or thickness; -- applied to
        measurements.
  
     Out West, in or towards, the West; specifically, in some
        Western State or Territory. [U. S.]
  
     To come out, To cut out, To fall out, etc. See under
        Come, Cut, Fall, etc.
  
     To make out See to make out under make, v. t. and v.
        i..
  
     To put out of the way, to kill; to destroy.
  
     Week in, week out. See Day in, day out (above).
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Question \Ques"tion\, n. [F., fr. L. quaestio, fr. quaerere,
     quaesitum, to seek for, ask, inquire. See Quest, n.]
     1. The act of asking; interrogation; inquiry; as, to examine
        by question and answer.
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     2. Discussion; debate; hence, objection; dispute; doubt; as,
        the story is true beyond question; he obeyed without
        question.
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              There arose a question between some of John's
              disciples and the Jews about purifying. -- John iii.
                                                    25.
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              It is to be to question, whether it be lawful for
              Christian princes to make an invasive war simply for
              the propagation of the faith.         -- Bacon.
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     3. Examination with reference to a decisive result;
        investigation; specifically, a judicial or official
        investigation; also, examination under torture.
        --Blackstone.
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              He that was in question for the robbery. Shak.
              The Scottish privy council had power to put state
              prisoners to the question.            --Macaulay.
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     4. That which is asked; inquiry; interrogatory; query.
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              But this question asked
              Puts me in doubt. Lives there who loves his pain ?
                                                    --Milton.
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     5. Hence, a subject of investigation, examination, or debate;
        theme of inquiry; matter to be inquired into; as, a
        delicate or doubtful question.
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     6. Talk; conversation; speech; speech. [Obs.] --Shak.
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     In question, in debate; in the course of examination or
        discussion; as, the matter or point in question.
  
     Leading question. See under Leading.
  
     Out of question, unquestionably. "Out of question, 't is
        Maria's hand." --Shak.
  
     Out of the question. See under Out.
  
     Past question, beyond question; certainly; undoubtedly;
        unquestionably.
  
     Previous question, 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.
  
     Note: 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.
  
     To beg the question. See under Beg.
  
     To the question, to the point in dispute; to the real
        matter under debate.
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     Syn: Point; topic; subject.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  out of the question
      adj 1: totally unlikely [syn: impossible, inconceivable,
             out of the question, unimaginable]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  68 Moby Thesaurus words for "out of the question":
     God forbid, I refuse, I will not, absurd, au contraire, barred,
     by no means, closed-out, contemned, contrary to reason,
     count me out, declined, declined with thanks, denied, despised,
     disapproved, discarded, discounted, disdained, dismissed, disowned,
     excepted, excluded, far from it, forsworn, hopeless, ignored,
     impossible, in no case, in no respect, in no wise, include me out,
     inconceivable, logically impossible, never, no, no go,
     no matter what, nohow, not at all, not considered, not likely,
     not possible, nothing doing, noway, noways, on no account,
     on no condition, oxymoronic, paradoxical, preposterous, prohibited,
     quite the contrary, rebuffed, refused, rejected, renounced,
     repudiated, repulsed, ridiculous, ruled-out, scouted,
     self-contradictory, spurned, to the contrary,
     under no circumstances, unimaginable, unthinkable
  
  

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