over my dead body


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over my dead body

I will never allow it; under no circumstances will (something) be permitted to happen. (i.e., something can only happen if I am not alive to prevent it.) Over my dead body will you drive home after you've been drinking! A: "I heard Sarah wants to drop out of school to be a painter." B: "Yeah, over my dead body!"
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over my dead body

In no way, under no circumstances, as in Over my dead body will you drop out of high school. This hyperbolic expression is often used jokingly. [Early 1800s]
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over my dead body

You use over my dead body to say that you will do everything you can to prevent something happening. They will destroy Penbrook Farm only over my dead body. Arnold Schwarzenegger's wife told him he would go into politics `over her dead body'.
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over my dead body

used to emphasize that you completely oppose something and would do anything to prevent it from happening. informal
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over ˌmy dead ˈbody

(spoken) used for saying that you will do everything possible to stop something happening: ‘Mum, can I get a tattoo?’ ‘Over my dead body!’
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over my dead body

Used to express dramatic refusal.
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