Don't Interrupt the Argument
When someone wants to add to a conversation, only be cut off with a no.
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You've seen it happen many times before, your friends, or your family, or your co-workers end up getting into an argument that soon starts to escalate into a rather ridiculous fight; you have something you would like to add, but when you ask to say something, in their own fit of peak, they just simply turn to you and shout, "NO!", and resume their argument, without letting you speak your own peace of mind.

Sometimes, there isn't an argument going on, but a rather interesting conversation you'd like to join in on, but still, you're met with a big "NO!" when you ask to contribute to the conversation.


Film
  • Happens in both Lethal Weapon 3 and 4, with Leo Getz, who is constantly annoying Riggs and Murtaugh and frequently told to shut up in unison whenever he asks them something or makes a suggestion.
  • In The Muppets Take Manhattan, Pete is overwhelmed with the numerous characters in his kitchen, all asking for jobs in his luncheonette.
    Pete: Rats want jobs! Frog wants job! What next, penguins?
    Penguin: (Enters) Do you have any jobs available?
    Others: NO!
  • The Flintstones In Viva Rock Vegas: During a confrontation at the casino, between Fred and Chip Rockfeller, a joker keeps interrupting, with his plan to wipe out the entire population of dinosaurs; he is continually brushed off, until finally:
    Joker: Hey! Doesn't anybody care about what I'm gonna do to the dinosaurs?!
    Everybody in casino: NO!!!
    (Joker sadly trudges out)
Live-Action TV
  • In the Everybody Loves Raymond episode "Robert Needs Money", Ray and Debra confront Robert about him using their $1,000 hand-out to go to Las Vegas; two different points in an argument between Ray and Robert, Debra asks to say something... they let her the first time, but the second time?
    Debra: Can I say some thing?
    Ray: No! Last time you did, it cost me $1,000!
  • In an episode of Hogan's Heroes, Hogan and Kinchloe become wrapped up in trying to figure out how to get out of a sticky situation involving Kinch masquerading as an African prince, until LeBeau tries to calm them down by offering them more champaign, only to be met with a no.
  • In an episode of M*A*S*H, an argument escalates in Post-Op between Hawkeye and Trapper, and Margaret and Frank; Henry enters to put a stop to the commotion, but when Frank asks to say something, Henry cuts him off with a no.
    • In another episode, when the staff is pinned down by sniper fire, Margaret begins to ask Henry to go on record, but before she can even finish her statement, Henry yells, "No!", and leaves the room.
Western Animation
  • One Animaniacs cartoon short had the Warner siblings doing this to Dr. Scratchensniff when they were his lawyers in court over a traffic ticket.
  • Averted in an episode of Arthur, when Arthur gets into an argument with his parents about his putting off his chores, during which D.W. repeatedly asks to say something, only to initially be ignored.
    • In another episode of Arthur, Arthur is deep in conversation with his friends, when D.W. pops in to ask them something, only to be met with big "NO!" from Arthur. "I didn't even say anything yet!" D.W. points out.
  • In Ice Age: The Meltdown, Diego in on the receiving end of this, when he tries to come between an argument between Manny and Ellie, in regards to which direction they should take to get to the boat before the flood waters reach them.
  • The Powerpuff Girls: A variation, in which, during a rainy day, the girls try to amuse themselves with roleplaying, only for an argument to escalate between Blossom and Buttercup over who isn't going to play Bubbles.
    Bubbles: I'll be Bubbles!
    Both: You keep outta this!
  • South Park Bigger Longer And Uncut: During the debate with Mrs. Brovlovski and the Canadian Prime Minister, she repeatedly interrupts his trying to say "Can I finish?". When she finally lets him speak, it's just to say "I'm finished."
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