(well,) I never!

(redirected from I never)

(well,) I never!

An expression of shock or surprise. Sometimes used ironically or sarcastically. Well, I never! Such horrible language out of such a young child! To think that a company would prioritize profit over consumer benefit—I never!

(Well,) I never!

 
1. Inf. I have never been so humiliated! Bill: Just pack up your things and get out! Jane: Well, I never! Tom: Look, your manners with the customers are atrocious! Jane: Well, Inever!
2. Inf. I never heard of such a thing. Tom: Now they have machines that will do all those things at the press of a button. Sally: Well, I never! I had no idea! John: Would you believe I have a whole computer in this pocket? Alice: I never!

ˌwell I ˈnever (ˈdid)!

(old-fashioned, informal) used to express surprise: Well I never! Fancy meeting you here!
See also: well
References in classic literature ?
Up to that time I never had had in my possession so much money as one hundred dollars at a time, and the loan which I had asked General Marshall for seemed a tremendously large sum to me.
Though why a top should sleep sounder than anything else I never could understand.
His hair is tow-color and lank, his eyes are green, and his mouth is big, and his ears -- but I never think about his ears if I can help it.
Why should I care what a tow-haired person called Jonas, whom I never saw before thinks of me?
Full browser ?