wouldn't dream of

wouldn't dream of doing something

if someone wouldn't dream of doing something, they would never do it because they think it is wrong or silly I wouldn't dream of asking my father for money.
See also: dream, of

wouldn't dream of

Also, not dream of. Not occur to one, not consider, as in Even if it were lying open on my desk, I wouldn't dream of reading another person's letter . This expression uses dream of in the sense of "remotely think of." [First half of 1500s]
See also: dream, of
References in classic literature ?
If you had any sense of decency, if you had any gratitude, you wouldn't dream of going.
If you knew your own value, as I do, you wouldn't dream of it.
I lost count of the number of people I posed for photos with last week, from babies to 6ft 4in monsters that you wouldn't dream of saying 'no' to - not that I ever would.
DANNY INGS will wear the number 28 shirt at Anfield next season - after admitting he wouldn't dream of asking for one of Anfield's iconic shirt numbers.
But 87 per cent of those polled said they wouldn't dream of going on holiday with any of the leaders.
Heart-throb Dan Stevens fancies joining the James Bond family but wouldn't dream of playing 007 while Daniel Craig still has the role.
Living as I do outside the city boundary, I wouldn't dream of doing likewise.
But they wouldn't dream of doing that to Shirley or Joan.
Laura Woods, campaigns officer for Brake said: "Many people who wouldn't dream of drink-driving are succumbing to using their phone and other distractions while driving, oblivious that the consequences are just as horrific.
I WOULDN'T dream of joking about lesbian shadow Commons leader Angela Eagle's sexuality.
We wouldn't dream of subjecting land animals to such barbarity and almost as shocking is the fact that such torture is entirely legal
Two out of three parents wouldn't dream of dressing their children in 'unfashionable' gifts and two in five would reject hand-me-downs.
I wouldn't dream of whingeing about how tough it is to have a famous mother because it is not.
One of the difficulties of being famous is that the wrong men feel able to approach you and the right men wouldn't dream of approaching you because they think 'She'd never look at me' whereas I probably would" Former TV newsreader Anna Ford "That scotch egg you had with the pint at lunch has probably put the final nail in your coffin" Sir Terry Wogan, below, derides the claim that eating red meat can shorten your life "Labour's economic analysis is so dense that it could bend light around it" Former Defence Secretary Liam Fox "Nobody is going to look back at any point in history and say that Gordon Brown was a great prime minister" Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls, a member of Brown's Cabinet "The benefits system has got right out of hand.
I use them myself and wouldn't dream of putting on such information.