One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
with negative Used to emphasize that a situation is beyond the scope of one's imagination.‘she could never in her wildest dreams have imagined the summer weather in New York’
- ‘I asked Bob whether he imagined, in his wildest dreams, that his job would turn out to be this intense when he was appointed.’
- ‘Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that I'm about to write what I'm about to write… as it were.’
- ‘I could never imagine, even in my wildest dreams, that I would be at work on December 26th… after all, we do need to have some time to recover from all the food and liquor you know!’
- ‘When I came to this country 35 years ago, I never imagined in my wildest dreams that I would be standing in front of you here as the governor-elect of California, introducing the president of the United States.’
- ‘Again, the magnitude of the change swamped the dire predictions of the anti-reformist wing; no one could have imagined, in their wildest dreams, a day when half of all marriages ended in divorce.’
- ‘But I never imagined in my wildest dreams that the media would take off on this like they did.’
- ‘Never in our wildest dreams would we have imagined the kind of generosity we've seen in recent days.’
- ‘I have never imagined in my wildest dreams that I would be standing up to defend the principles of open society, which are in the core of American history and tradition, in America.’
- ‘Now they have told us, after exhaustively doing whatever it is they do, something which we could never have imagined in our wildest dreams, or nightmares.’
- ‘I never imagined in my wildest dreams that at 35 I would be giving up everything to sail around the world.’
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