don't even think about it


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don't even think about it

1. Do not even consider doing something. I see you eying up those cookies. Don't even think about it, young man!
2. Don't think about a particular thing because it is upsetting or unpleasant. A: "What if I didn't get in to my dream school?" B: "Oh, don't even think about it—there's no sense in worrying about that until you know whether or not you got in."
See also: even, think

Don't even think about it (happening).

Do not think about something like that happening, as the mere thought of it is so bad. (Compare this with Don't even think about (doing) it.) Mary: Oh, those cars almost crashed! How horrible! Fred: Don't even think about it. Sally: If the stock market crashes, we'll lose everything we have. Sue: Don't even think about it!
See also: even, think

don't even think about it

An emphatic verbal prohibition. It dates from the 1990s and was found in such contexts as signs saying “don’t even think about parking here,” used in Chicago and New York City. It is also used in less public contexts, such as “Do you mind if I change to the news channel?— Don’t even think about it.” Also see don't ask and I don't think so.
See also: even, think