theirs not to reason why

theirs not to reason why
theirs (or ours) not to reason why
used to suggest that it is not someone's (or someone else's) place to question a situation or system
Origin:
with allusion to Tennyson's Charge of the Light Brigade (1854)

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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