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You couldn't (do that)!

 and You wouldn't (do that)!
an indication of disbelief that someone might do something. Bill: I'm going to run away from home! Jane: You couldn't! Bill: I get so mad at my brother, I could just strangle him. Tom: You couldn't do that!

suspend disbelief

To accept as plausible something one knows to be untrue, especially the setting and plot of a drama or fiction so as to allow the appreciation of art.
See also: disbelief, suspend
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Renowned for critically acclaimed films Timecode and Leaving Las Vegas, which earned him two Oscar nods, Figgis will introduce his latest, Suspension of Disbelief, on July 10.
Mr Bannister said he reacted with disbelief and shock when he received the bill of 64 euros, or PS54.
The Ice Cream Girls (ITV, last night) - a new three-parter by Kate Brooke based on Dorothy Koomson's novel - requires us to suspend much disbelief, but this promising opener raced by.
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London, May 5( ANI ): Chelsea captain John Terry has claimed former manager Andre Villas-Boas would be scratching his head in disbelief after seeing their results since getting the axe.
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A Staff Sergeant known as Soldier O told Wiltshire Coroner's Court: "The use of a Snatch Land Rover was met with disbelief from virtually everybody.
I wake every day in disbelief that I am not ten years old.
RUGBY LEAGUE: Stand-off Trent Barrett claimed the Wigan players reacted with disbelief when told the club must move their engage Super League play-off tie from the JJB Stadium to Widnes on Friday night because Wigan Athletic are at home the next day.
NEWBURY PARK -- Erika Ward stood with a pained expression on her face Wednesday night, shaking her head in disbelief.
Suspension of Disbelief, Victor Quijada's new piece, set to a commissioned score of great dynamic range by Mitchell Akiyama, is a splendid study in control and counterbalance.
This could lead to disbelief and embarrassment since few people are likely to believe the truth that lack of funds and higher priorities have prevented any study of the thousands of reports received.
Neither can force nor influence a person to go to or to remain away from church against his will or force him to profess a belief or disbelief in any religion.
What is revealing about the drug disclosures is our continued gasps of disbelief each time another name is mentioned in connection with a positive test.