not be caught dead
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British pronunciation/nˌɒt biː kˈɔːt sˈiːn dˈɛd/
American pronunciation/nˌɑːt biː kˈɔːt sˈiːn dˈɛd/

used for saying that someone strongly refuses to participate in or be associated with something, often due to strong dislike, embarrassment, or a sense of moral objection

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to {not} be (caught|seen) dead definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "not be caught dead" and when to use it?

The idiom "not be caught dead" originates from the idea of preserving one's reputation and dignity. It conveys the strong sentiment that a person would rather face severe consequences, even death, than engage in a particular action or associate with something they strongly dislike or disapprove of. This idiom is used to emphasize that someone strongly dislikes or disapproves of a particular action, situation, or item. It is often employed to convey a sense of personal preference, moral objection, or social stigma.

Amy was passionate about environmental conservation and wouldn't be caught dead using single-use plastic products.
Mike was a tech geek and wouldn't be seen dead using an outdated smartphone model.
Emma is a casual dresser and would never be seen dead wearing formal attire or high heels.
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