someone would not be caught dead


someone would not be caught dead
(someone) would not be caught dead someone would never do or wear something.

I wouldn't be caught dead doing ads for that company.

My father wouldn't have been caught dead in a white suit.

Etymology: based on the idea that something very bad would make even a dead person uncomfortable

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