not to the purpose

See: irrelevant
References in classic literature ?
This fair little stranger is so small of bone and sinew, that his old name is not to the purpose.
In pleading, they studiously avoid entering into the merits of the cause; but are loud, violent, and tedious, in dwelling upon all circumstances which are not to the purpose.
How born or bred, and or nourished upon blows and threats on one side, and retorts and defiances on the other, is not to the purpose.
This is not to the purpose," said Eugenie; "let us speak candidly, sir; I admire candor.