I wouldn't bet on (something)

I wouldn't bet on (something)

I think it is very unlikely that something will happen or be the case. A: "John said he'd be here by 8." B: "Yeah, I wouldn't bet on it. John has never been on time for anything in his life." Politicians talk about reform all the time, but I wouldn't bet on any legislation come out of Washington anytime soon.
See also: bet, on

(I) wouldn't bet on it.

 and (I) wouldn't count on it.
Fig. I do not believe that something will happen. (Also with that or some specific happening. See examples.) John: I'll be a vice president in a year or two. Mary: I wouldn't bet on that. John: I'll pick up a turkey on the day before Thanksgiving. Mary: Did you order one ahead of time? John: No. Mary: Then I wouldn't count on it.
See also: bet, on

I wouldn’t ˈbet on it

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don’t ˈbet on it

(spoken) used to say that you do not think that something is very likely: ‘She’ll soon get used to the idea.’ ‘I wouldn’t bet on it.’
See also: bet, on
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