(one) never would have guessed(redirected from they never would've guessed)
(one) never would have guessed
One never thought that something could possibly the case. Often used sarcastically to point out something one thinks is very obvious. I never would have thought Mary would be capable of something so unscrupulous. So he agreed to move to Paris for a job that's better paying, more interesting, and more satisfactory? Huh, never would've guessed!
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never would have guessed
1. never would have thought something to be the case. (Not used in other tenses.) He was the one who did it? I never would have guessed. I never would have guessed that he wanted the job. He kept it a very good secret.
2. knew it all the time because it was so obvious. (Sarcastic. Not used in other tenses.) I never would have guessed that he wanted the job. He only begged and begged for it. Now she wants to go back home? I never would have guessed! She has been homesick for days.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.