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(you) could have fooled me

Really? I thought the opposite was true. A: "This neighborhood has really improved in recent years—it's quite popular now." B: "Wow. With all the boarded-up buildings, you could have fooled me." Maria is shy? Could have fooled me. She was talking all night.
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(You) could have fooled me.

Inf. I would have thought otherwise.; I would have thought the opposite. Henry: Did you know that this land is among the most productive in the entire state? Jane: You could have fooled me. It looks quite barren. John: I really do like Mary. Andy: Could have fooled me. You treat her rather badly sometimes.
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you could have fooled me

People say you could have fooled me to show that it does not seem to you that something is true. `I came here to apologize.' — `You could have fooled me.' Car makers are supposed to be bringing their prices down. Well, you could have fooled me.
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you could have fooled me!

used to express cynicism or doubt about an assertion. informal
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you could have ˌfooled ˈme!

(informal) used for expressing your surprise about a statement, claim, etc: ‘He’s quite intelligent, you know.’ ‘You could have fooled me! I’ve never heard him say anything intelligent at all.’
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MADONNA isn't tough enough - she could've fooled me.
But with all those restaurant lunches and pub suppers, you could've fooled me.
O i ' h h h ld' MADONNA isn't tough enough - she could've fooled me.
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