See also: why not
- (obsolete) A violent and peremptory procedure without any assigned reason; a sudden conclusive happening.
- 1662, [Samuel Butler], “[The First Part of Hudibras]”, in Hudibras. The First and Second Parts. […], London: […] John Martyn and Henry Herringman, […], published 1678; republished in A[lfred] R[ayney] Waller, editor, Hudibras: Written in the Time of the Late Wars, Cambridge: University Press, 1905, OCLC 963614346:
- When the church / Was taken with a why-not in the lurch.
- 1653, John Harington, A Briefe View of the State of the Church
- This game […] was like to have been lost with a why-not.