One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Most school yard bullies wouldn't be caught dead in a dance class, or so the old macho stereotype would have us believe.’
- ‘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!’
- ‘On tropical islands they wear Hawaiian print shirts and neon shorts that ordinarily they wouldn't be caught dead in.’
- ‘Trinny wouldn't be seen dead in what I'm wearing.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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’.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘I wouldn't be seen dead with these guys on my bookshelf.’
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