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couldn't

[koo d-nt] /ˈkʊd nt/
1.
contraction of could not.
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British Dictionary definitions for couldn't

couldn't

/ˈkʊdənt/
contraction
1.
could not
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Word Origin and History for couldn't

by 1670s, contraction of could + not.

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Idioms and Phrases with couldn't

couldn't

In addition to the idioms beginning with couldn't couldn't care less also see: hurt a flea, couldn't also see under: can't
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