the (very) idea!

the (very) idea!

An exclamation of shocked disapproval regarding something someone said or did. They thought I would just go along with their plan to cut my pay while taking on more responsibility. The idea! The very idea—how dare you suggest something so horrible!
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The very idea!

I do not approve!; That is outrageous! Resignation? The very idea! The very idea! Absolutely not!
See also: very
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

the idea

Also, the very idea. See under what's the idea.
See also: idea
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

the (very) iˈdea!

(old-fashioned, spoken) used to express surprise or disapproval at the way somebody behaves: She expected me to pay for everything. The idea!
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