What does the expression ” ____ ,need not apply” mean?

6 Answers

  • kristinmay
    1 month ago

    The people matching the word in the blank, would be wasting their time applying.

    Example: Those with no experience, need not apply.

  • picador
    1 month ago

    I agree with the gentlemen above. Such signs were shamelessly posted on the windows of businesses looking for help. It was a practise that died out during the Second World War – and that’s only 70-odd years ago.

    The practise continues to this day in reality, though not so blatantly as in such signs. Notwithstanding the protestations of the Politically Correct, birds of a feather do fly together. Has anyone ever seen a Caucasian working in a Chinese or Indian restaurant?

  • hotdogseeksbun
    1 month ago

    Back in the pre-civil rights era companies would post signs saying,” no blacks,irish polish or whatever need apply.”

  • zooworld101
    1 month ago

    This is a prejudiced saying that dates back to at least the 1800’s when imperialism made thousands of immigrants move to America. Men did not want immigrants who did not speak English to work at their stores so they would literally post sings on their store door that said these sayings on them. This became popular fast and was regularly used. Nowadays, this is illegal to do in America.

  • hayharbr
    1 month ago

    If you belong to the group underlined, don’t bother to try to get the job (or join the club or whatever) because they discriminate against your type and you have no chance to get in.

  • Sophie
    1 month ago

    means it doesn’t apply or has no relevance to the current topic at hand

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