wouldn't be caught dead in (something)

wouldn't be caught dead in (something)

1. Would never wear a particular item or type of clothing. Are you kidding? She wouldn't be caught dead in a dress like that! Dad, I wouldn't be caught dead in that shirt anymore—you can toss it in the fire for all I care.
2. Would never wear enter some place, such as a particular building, town, or country. He has very expensive taste and wouldn't be caught dead in a Walmart. I find these grand gestures of charity hilarious from superstar actors who wouldn't be caught dead in third-world countries.
See also: caught, dead
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