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over my dead body!

INFORMAL
This page is about the conversational phrase over my dead body!

Meaning

You can say this if you strongly oppose a plan or an action, and you're not going to let it happen.

For example

  • "I'm quitting my university course, Dad."
    "Over my dead body! I won't let you throw away your future like that!"

  • My sister wanted to put our mother into an old people's home, so I said, "Over my dead body! I promised her we'd never do that."

Quick Quiz

Jamie said "Over my dead body!" after his wife said

a. "My mother's moving in with us."

b. "You've had too much to drink."

c. "Quick! Call an ambulance!"

Contributor: Matt Errey