wouldn't be seen dead


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wouldn't be seen dead (doing something)

Would never (do the thing being discussed). I wouldn't be seen dead wearing that shirt. You can burn it for all I care. She had always said she wouldn't be seen dead working for that company, but I guess everyone has their price.
See also: dead, seen

wouldn't be seen dead

or

wouldn't be caught dead

COMMON If you say that you wouldn't be seen dead or wouldn't be caught dead in particular clothes, places, or situations, you are emphasizing that you strongly dislike or disapprove of them. I wouldn't be seen dead in a black straw hat. The modern cowboy wouldn't be caught dead in such an old-fashioned place. There's many a dad who wouldn't be seen dead wheeling a baby in a pram through the park.
See also: dead, seen