Why-not Why"-not`, n. A violent and peremptory procedure without any assigned reason; a sudden conclusive happening. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

When the church Was taken with a why-not in the lurch. --Hudibras. [1913 Webster]

This game . . . was like to have been lost with a why-not. --Nug[ae] Antiq. [1913 Webster]

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