shoulda, woulda, coulda

shoulda, woulda, coulda

Used to dismiss one's or someone else's regrets or worries about a past experience. (Formed from informal shortenings of "should have, would have, could have.") I wish I had given myself an extra day off before going back to work after my vacation. Oh well—shoulda, woulda, coulda. A: "Should I have said more during that presentation?" B: "Eh, shoulda, woulda, coulda. It's over now, so there's nothing more you can do."
See also: coulda
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