you shouldn't have

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Etymology[edit]

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."

Phrase[edit]

you shouldn't have

  1. (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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