wouldn't dream of (doing something)

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wouldn't dream of (doing something)

Would not dare consider doing something. I'm sure Mom didn't read that letter you got—she wouldn't dream of opening someone else's mail. A: "Now, don't go telling the boss our plan!" B: "I wouldn't dream of it!"
See also: dream, of
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wouldn't dream of doing something

would not even consider doing something. I wouldn't dream of taking your money! I'm sure that John wouldn't dream of complaining to the manager.
See also: dream, of
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

not ˈdream of something/of doing something

(often used with would) not even consider something under any circumstances: ‘Don’t tell Gary what I’ve bought him for his birthday.’ ‘I wouldn’t dream of it.’Only a couple of years ago he would never have dreamt of going abroad on his own, and now he’s travelling around India!
See also: dream, not, of, something
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