be (not) supposed to (do something)

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be (not) supposed to (do something)

To be expected to do something. Often used in the negative to indicate that one is expected to avoid doing something. I'm supposed to watch my little sister tonight, so I can't go out with you guys. You're not supposed to play with Dad's tools when he's not home!
See also: supposed

(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.
See also: supposed
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Schaefer's contention was that it wasn't fair that the commission would granted Vargas' request two days before this fight when the new rule was not supposed to be instituted until next month.
Then once again he remembered that he was not supposed to be working.
I don't think it was fair to be punished for something he was not supposed to hear.