(you) coulda fooled me

(you) coulda fooled me

Is that really the case? I thought the opposite was true. (Formed from an informal shortening of "could have fooled me.") A: "This neighborhood has really improved in recent years—it's quite popular now." B: "Wow, you coulda fooled me, what with all the boarded-up buildings and everything." Maria is shy? Coulda fooled me. She was the life of the party all night long! You two are fighting? You coulda fooled me—I didn't pick up on any tension at last night's party.
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