you shouldn't have

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you shouldn't have

A message of thanks for a (usually unexpected) gift. Can be used sincerely or sarcastically. You got me a present? Aww, you shouldn't have! More files to copy? Thanks, you shouldn't have.
See also: have
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You shouldn't have gone into my room in the first place and you shouldn't have touched a brooch that didn't belong to you in the second.
Harrison, "and you shouldn't have laid the scene among rich city people.
"That's no reason why you shouldn't have some," said Aaron, "for I can bring you slips of anything; I'm forced to cut no end of 'em when I'm gardening, and throw 'em away mostly.
YOU shouldn't have to feel afraid to go outside, Without the fear of attack and having to hide, When children as young as 12 are attacking people in the street, You start to question, what kind of twisted world do we live in?
If someone likes you, then you shouldn't have to prove anything.
You shouldn't have to worry too much about the outside of yourself and if you concentrate on the inside you will be much happier."
But if you have truly affectionate feelings wrapped around a guy, you shouldn't have to share him with someone else.
"But I'll resubmit the bill next term--along with one that says you shouldn't have to be an attorney to be Maine's Attorney General."
Dillies' motto is, appropriately, "you shouldn't haves."
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