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Over My Dead Body

Meaning/Usage: Disallow absolutely

Explanation: This is usually used when a teenager asks a parent something that is absolutely not allowed.  Instead of just saying no, this phrase is used to tell the teenager that they can do it when I am dead.  This became popular when knights would protect something and wouldn't give up unless they were killed.  The other person would literally have to kill the knight and walk over the body to get what they want.

"There is no way I will let you do that, not over my dead body."
"You want a tattoo?  Over my dead body."
"You're moving in together?  Over my dead body."

A.  "So I hear your son wants to go on spring break with that girl Sally."
B.  "I told him over my dead body."

Other Common Sentences

"I won't let that happen."
"I will not allow it."


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