caught/seen dead

Definition of caught/seen dead

informal
used to say one refuses to let others see one doing something because it would embarrass one
  • I wouldn't be caught/seen dead wearing that hideous outfit.
  • She won't be caught dead going to the movies with her obnoxious brother.

Word by Word Definitions

caught play
  1. : past tense and past participle of catch

  1. : pregnant

seen
  1. : past participle of see

dead play
  1. : deprived of life : no longer alive

  2. : having the appearance of death : deathly

  3. : lacking power to move, feel, or respond : numb

  1. : someone who is no longer alive : one that is dead (see 1dead 1)

  2. : the state of being dead

  3. : the time of greatest quiet

  1. : absolutely, utterly

  2. : suddenly and completely

  3. : directly


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