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how could you?

This page is about the conversational phrase how could you?

Meaning: You can say this to someone if you think they've done something bad or wrong.

For example:

  • When my son told us he'd dropped out of university, I said, "How could you? After all we've done for you."

  • She admitted she'd stolen company money, and her boss said, "How could you, Emily? We trusted you."

Quick Quiz:

She said, "How could you?" after finding out her husband had

a. been in a car accident

b. made her breakfast in bed

c. lost lots of money gambling

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Contributor: Matt Errey