Why-not

Why"-not`

(?), n. A violent and peremptory procedure without any assigned reason; a sudden conclusive happening. [Obs.]
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When the church
Was taken with a why-not in the lurch.
Hudibras.
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This game . . . was like to have been lost with a why-not.
Nug Antiq.
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