Definition of wouldn't be seen (or caught) dead in English:

wouldn't be seen (or caught) dead

phrase

informal
  • Used to express strong dislike for a particular thing.

    ‘I wouldn't be seen dead in a navy suit’
    ‘she wouldn't be seen dead shopping with her mother’
    • ‘I wouldn't be seen dead with these guys on my bookshelf.’
    • ‘Everyone else might be much more dressed up than you are, or wearing clothes you wouldn't be caught dead in.’
    • ‘I wouldn't be seen dead in a baseball cap in the UK but when I am abroad I'm never without one!’
    • ‘Those who wouldn't be seen dead at a concert might gain an acceptance and even appreciation for the style and art of the music, culture and dedicated individuals.’
    • ‘There's dirt on her face, and the work gloves she's wearing are ugly, utilitarian leather things that normally she wouldn't be caught dead in.’
    • ‘Trinny wouldn't be seen dead in what I'm wearing.’
    • ‘In fact, men and women who under normal circumstances wouldn't be caught dead in anything fancier than a ski parka arrived in black tie and evening gowns.’
    • ‘Most school yard bullies wouldn't be caught dead in a dance class, or so the old macho stereotype would have us believe.’
    • ‘On tropical islands they wear Hawaiian print shirts and neon shorts that ordinarily they wouldn't be caught dead in.’
    • ‘I asked half a dozen young men who work in my office and each of them gasped,’ I wouldn't be caught dead in that’.’