could have, should have, would have(redirected from could've should've would've)
could have, should have, would have
Used to dismiss one's or someone else's regrets or worries about past actions or the lack thereof. (Often shortened as "could've, should've, would've.") I wish I had given myself an extra day off before going back to work after my vacation. Oh well—could have, should have, would have. A: "Should I have said more during that presentation?" B: "Eh, could've, should've, would've. It's over now, so there's nothing more you can do."
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