caught/seen dead

Definition of caught/seen dead

informal

  1. —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

caughtplay
  1. : past tense and past participle ofcatch

  1. :  pregnant

seen
  1. : past participle ofsee

deadplay
  1. :  deprived of life :  no longer alive

    :  having the appearance of death :  deathly

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

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

    :  the state of being dead

    :  the time of greatest quiet

  1. :  absolutely, utterly

    :  suddenly and completely

    :  directly


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