coulda, woulda, shoulda

An informal phrase used to dismiss someone's regrets or worries about a past experience. I wish I had given myself an extra day off before going back to work after my vacation, but coulda, woulda, shoulda. A: "Should I have said more during that presentation?" B: "Eh, coulda, woulda, shoulda. It's over now, so there's nothing more you can do."
See also: shoulda

If it was a snake it woulda bit you.

Rur. It was very close to you. Jane: Where's the phone book? Tom: Right there! If it was a snake it woulda bit you. Bill: I can't find my other shoe. I've looked all over the house. Mary: It's right behind you. If it was a snake it would have bit you.
See also: bit, if, snake, woulda
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On an account open to the public, Milligan wrote: "To the wee boy that died - get it up ye ya wee p***, I woulda done the same if I had a kid haha yas.
Near misses, close shaves, coulda, woulda, shoulda.
As Moreno told News, America Movil wouldA consider supporting another fund-raiser if Telekom Austria is presented with the opportunity to expand its European footprint through acquisitions.
GERB has denied this was the motive behind the change, saying it wouldA give workers and employers an option to choose between the state pension fund and private pension funds.
While their classmates were busy writing out their lists to Santa, these children were busy learning the lyrics to three tracks including the anthemic Keep This Fire Burning and the sublime Shoulda Woulda Coulda.
My hit singles have included Shoulda Woulda Coulda and Piece of My Heart, and I sang at London's Paralympic Opening Ceremony.
I was walking off the stage, thinking 'shoulda, woulda, coulda', but then Kylie came up to me and said in my ear 'come back again next year'.
Euronav is currently examining the best timing for the floatation but believes it wouldA take place in 2014.
I know it was a case of coulda, woulda, shoulda on Saturday and I'll give them that, it's 1-0 to them.
Beverley Knight: Having been making music since the mid-'90s, you can expect to see the Queen of UK Soul perform a huge repertoire of hits including Greatest Day, Shoulda Woulda Coulda, Keep This Fire Burning and Piece Of My Heart.
Whoever woulda thunk that New Hampshire's own Judd Gregg would not only become a revolving doorman, but actually be really, really, really good at it?
THEY say life begins at 40 and Midland soul sensation Beverley Knight Shoulda Woulda Coulda made sure she had a good time by marking the milestone with her mum Deloris who celebrated her 65th alongside her.
I woulda moved the Nets to Brooklyn for free / Except I made millions off you f*** dweebs / I still own the building, I'm still keeping my seats / You buy that b***, you better keep your receipts.
It's her own hits which get the loudest applause, though, particularly Gold and Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda.
We were there or thereabouts - but coulda, shoulda, woulda isn't good enough.