wouldn't be caught dead (doing something)(redirected from they wouldn't be caught dead doing something)
wouldn't be caught dead (doing something)
Would never do the thing being discussed; would be horribly ashamed or embarrassed to do something. I wouldn't be caught dead wearing that shirt. You can burn it for all I care. She had always said she wouldn't be caught dead working for that company, but I guess everyone has their price.
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caught dead, wouldn't be
Also, wouldn't be seen dead. Would have nothing to do with, detest, as in I wouldn't be caught dead in that outfit, or He'd not be seen dead drinking a cheap wine. This hyperbole is always put negatively. [Colloquial; first half of 1900s]
See also: caught
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somebody wouldn’t be seen/caught ˈdead...(spoken) used to say that you would not do a particular thing because you would feel stupid or embarrassed: I wouldn’t be seen dead in a hat like that. ♢ She wouldn’t be caught dead in a place like this.
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