One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used to indicate that there is no possibility of the person mentioned doing what is specified.‘you wouldn't catch me walking back to the house alone at night’
- ‘Usually you wouldn't catch me dead at a movie with such a female perspective, but as I've seen the original, I thought I would give the ‘frumpy’ Bridget another shot.’
- ‘Well, you wouldn't catch me behind the stick of one of those things.’
- ‘Oh no, you wouldn't catch me doing that, guv'nor…’
- ‘While you wouldn't catch me, or I'd imagine, most sane people, driving a vehicle out onto a frozen lake, it's fun to watch the people ice fishing, being pulled on skis or just taking a leisurely stroll.’
- ‘I can assure you, though, that you wouldn't catch me sitting on a dock of a bay this particular shade of rust.’
- ‘I've had a lot of fun with terms that are too intricate to vocalize myself, but you wouldn't catch me announcing such an unfortunate phrase in public.’
- ‘I wonder if the people look down on us queuing up and laugh, thinking you wouldn't catch me in a car.’
- ‘Goodness me, you wouldn't catch me out there in the early mornings with hair in curlers and a shovel under my arm.’
- ‘Nowadays you wouldn't catch me in the sea without at least a wetsuit, if not a drysuit.’
- ‘But you wouldn't catch me staring into his eyes.’
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