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how dare you!

INFORMAL
This page is about the conversational phrase how dare you!

Meaning

You can say this to someone if you're shocked or angry about what they've done or said.

For example

  • "How dare you read my emails without asking me!"

  • "You've met other men during your marriage, haven't you?"
    "How dare you! I've never been so insulted in my life!"

Quick Quiz

If someone says "How dare you talk to me like that!", you must have

a. upset them

b. dared them

c. excited them

Contributor: Matt Errey