you shouldn't have

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

Etymology:

  • 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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What a lovely vase! You shouldn't have!.

Submitted on September 01, 2009

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