anyone would think (something)

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anyone would think (something)

It seems that something is true, even though it isn't. This phrase is usually used when someone is acting in a unusual manner. Why are you so nervous? Geez, anyone would think you'd never given a presentation before.
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anyone would ˈthink (that)...

(also you would have ˈthought (that)...) (of somebody’s strange or surprising behaviour) if you did not know the truth, it would seem that...: Don’t be so nervous! Anyone would think you’d never been to a party before!
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She said 'It is interesting that anyone would think that.
ANYONE would think Usain Bolt was British, given the hysterical coverage he's had on the BBC since winning the 100 metres on Sunday.
I feel very upset to think anyone would think this of me.
Anyone would think it never existed until recently.
ANYONE would think the England selectors knew what they were doing by picking Ian Bell for the squad to face Bangladesh.
Anyone would think this was a freak occurrence, rather than something we should be well used to.
Anyone would think that he had committed a heinous crime like child abuse, but in the eyes of the law it was much more horrendous - he was involved in stealing the Royal Mail, I know a man was injured and I do not condone violence but there must be something wrong with the law when a man walks free from court after sexually abusing several children.
"I think it's absolutely absurd that anyone would think affirmative-action programs constitute reverse discrimination," Wilcher asserts.
Anyone would think the expense monkeys in Cardiff Bay were afraid to give us poor Welsh taxpayers the chance to give our opinion on their performance so far.
Anyone would think she's mad wearing all those stripes.
Waving her arms like a baboon, she screeched: "No!" Anyone would think we had threatened her with one of those damn rings.
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Anyone would think first-year marketing students were coming up with these mobile company names.