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I should cocoa!

dated No way; there's no chance; you must be joking; I think not. From rhyming slang of the sarcastic phrase "I should say so," meaning the same. Primarily heard in UK. Bob: "So, are you going to finally join us for some karaoke?" Janet: "I should cocoa!"
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no one should be judge in his own cause

A phrase that aims to preserve impartiality, as a judge would likely be swayed or otherwise affected if they were intimately involved in the issue at hand. It is a translation of the Latin legal maxim nemo debet esse iudex in propria causa. A: "My lawyers are seeking a mistrial in an attempt to get a different judge—one with no ties to my former company." B: "That's a good idea. No one should be judge in his own cause."
See also: cause, judge, one, own, should

you should know a man seven years before you stir his fire

In interactions with people you don't know well, you should behave with caution and avoid meddling in their affairs. Mother, you don't know Sir Harold well enough to inquire about his personal life. Remember: you should know a man seven years before you stir his fire.
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children should be seen and not heard

Children should not speak among adults unless they are addressed; children should be quiet and well-behaved. My grandmother was always shushing us because she was of the opinion that children should be seen and not heard.
See also: and, children, hear, not, seen, should

(one) should be so lucky

That is very unlikely to happen or be the case. The phrase is used sarcastically or with a sense of resignation. A: "Do you think you'll get the promotion?" B: "I should be so lucky!" You think Paula likes Brad? He should be so lucky!
See also: lucky, should

you should talk

You are guilty of the same thing you have just criticized. Primarily heard in UK. A: "Kathy never pays attention in class." B: "You should talk! Just today I saw you reading a magazine during the lecture."
See also: should, talk

children should be seen and not heard

Prov. Children should not speak in the presence of adults. (Often used as a way to rebuke a child who has spoken when he or she should not.) You may come out and meet the party guests if you'll remember that children should be seen and not heard.
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He who sups with the devil should have a long spoon.

Prov. If you have dealings with dangerous people, you must be careful that they do not harm you. If you're going to hang out with that disreputable bunch of people, keep in mind that he who sups with the devil should have a long spoon.
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How should I know?

 and Don't ask me.
Inf. I do not know.; Why should I be expected to know? (Shows impatience or rudeness.) Bill: Why is the orea called the killer whale? Mary: How should I know? Sally: Where did I leave my glasses? Tom: Don't ask me.
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if anything should happen

 and if anything happens
Euph. If a disaster or emergency happens. I'll give you the phone number of my hotel, so that you can reach me if anything happens. If anything should happen, I want you to look after my children.
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It's time we should be going.

a statement made by one member of a pair (or group) of guests to the other mem-ber(s), indicating a desire to leave. (Typically, a way for one person in a couple to signal the other, indicating a desire to leave.) Mr. Franklin looked at his wife and said softly, "It's time we should be going." Tom: Well, I suppose it's time we should be going. Mary: Yes, we really should. Alice: So early?
See also: going, should, time, we

on no account

 and not on any account
for no reason; absolutely not. On no account will I lend you the money. Will I say I'm sorry? Not on any account.
See also: account, on

should have stood in bed

Fig. an expression used on a bad day, when one should have stayed in one's bed. What a horrible day! I should have stood in bed. The minute I got up and heard the news this morning, I knew I should have stood in bed.
See also: bed, have, should, stood

zigged when one should've zagged

perfomed one deed when another deed would have been better; to do something inconsequentially different from another thing. I don't know why she complained. I guess I zigged when I should have zagged.
See also: one, zag

on no account

Also, not on any account. Under no circumstances, certainly not, as in On no account should you put a metal utensil in the microwave oven, or Dad said we can't go, not on any account. [Mid-1800s]
See also: account, on

should have stood in bed, I

I've had such a bad day that I should never have gotten up at all. For example, And then I got rear-ended at the stop sign-I should have stood in bed. This ungrammatical colloquial phrase-properly put as stayed in bed-is ascribed to fight manager Joe Jacobs, who in 1935 saw his first baseball game, the opening game of the World Series between the Detroit Tigers and Chicago Cubs. It was a very cold day, and when asked what he thought of baseball, Jacobs replied, "I should have stood in bed."
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on no account

Under no circumstances.
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