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(It's) not supposed to.

 and (Someone's) not supposed to.
a phrase indicating that someone or something is not meant to do something. (Often with a person's name or a pronoun as a subject. See the examples.) Fred: This little piece keeps falling off. Clerk: It's not supposed to. Bill: Tom just called from Detroit and says he's coming back tomorrow. Mary: That's funny. He's not supposed to.
See also: not, supposed

supposed to

 and someone or something is supposed to
Someone or something is meant to do something. (Frequently, in speech, supposed is reduced to s'posed. The words someone or something can be replaced with nouns or pronouns, or used themselves.) Mary: They didn't deliver the flowers we ordered. Sue: Supposed to. Give them a call. Sally: This screw doesn't fit into hole number seven in the way the instructions say it should. Bill: It's supposed to. Something's wrong.
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supposed to do something

expected or intended to do something; obliged or allowed to do something. You're supposed to say "excuse me" when you burp. Mom says you're supposed to come inside for dinner now.
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supposed to

1. Intended to; also, believed to, expected to. For example, This pill is supposed to relieve your pain, or You're supposed to be my partner. [Early 1300s]
2. Required to, as in He is supposed to call home. [Mid-1800s]
3. not supposed to. Not permitted to, as in You're not supposed to smoke in here.
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(not) be supˈposed to (do something)

1 (not) be expected or required to do something by rules, the law, an agreement, etc: She’s supposed to do an hour’s homework every evening.We’re not supposed to be at the party for an hour yet.
2 (used only in negative sentences) be not allowed to do something: You’re not supposed to walk on the grass.
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what’s ˈthat supposed to mean?

(informal) used when you are angry at what somebody has said, or do not fully understand it: ‘You aren’t the most popular person at school, you know.’ ‘What’s that supposed to mean?’
See also: supposed, that
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Additionally, Dr Leslie Thompkins supposedly knows Bruce's alter-ego as a caped crusader.
The initial victim jurisdiction did not include the original vendor's address on the registry; therefore, the letter and power of attorney form, drafted by the third party, likewise did not contain an address or any other contact information regarding the vendor it supposedly represented.
But the voices he brings to life so vividly seem removed from a world where racist juvenile and criminal justice systems are locking up supposedly hung Black men at astonishing rates even as society debates how they measure up below the belt.
It might be because they are perceived to be a small club, or that they come from a supposedly unfashionable area, or it might be because they supposedly play unattractive football - though anyone who has actually watched them would find it hard to agree with that idea.
It equates sexual orientation with sexual arousal, as supposedly measured by a crude device in the hands of an individual with a long history of controversial research," Foreman said.
For a profession supposedly based on talent, somehow it's a profession that mirrors politics--who's your daddy, who do you know?
The judge ordered them to split to the income when they sell their house equally and ordered Helen to pay alimony because supposedly he supposedly supported her career by being a house husband.
Warhol's painting supposedly fore-shadows his "Death and Disaster" series, but no one knows what became of it.
Other information: A nasty stingy thing which supposedly always grows near to dock leaves, which supposedly can salve the burn of the plant's sting.
The nova demonstrated that change occurred in Aristotle's supposedly changeless celestial realm.
In this installment a young Picard is sent to get some supposedly stolen information from a Zartani spy on a space station cobbled together from old ships.
But it offers no explanation of how the supposedly soft sediment remained standing in high vertical walls instead of slumping, of why the layers alternate between chemically produced sedimentary rocks such as limestone and mechanically produced sedimentary rocks such as sandstone and shale, or of why the canyon's river channels aren't the sort of wide deep channels that are characteristic of canyons carved by floods.
Supposedly, this helps prevent corrosion and makes the clamps easier to remove.
Watching Fox, ABC, NBC, CBS--even the supposedly liberal CNN--you'd never guess that there's overwhelming scientific consensus that climate change is indeed happening, and that irresponsible human behavior is partly to blame.
More substantial are Marling's insights into the public appropriation of this supposedly private holiday.