You-shouldn-t-have Definition

(idiomatic) Used to express gratitude at unnecessary generosity, especially when receiving a gift.

What a lovely vase! You shouldn't have!
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Origin of You-shouldn-t-have

  • Abbreviated from full sentence with verb such as "You shouldn't have gone through all that trouble." or "You shouldn't have spent so much money."

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