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verbal phrase, 1902, representing casual (American) pronunciation of should have.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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  • “You shoulda said,” he said, then turned back to the tour guide.

    Makers Cory Doctorow
  • You shoulda been here the night Pringle had them marching in formation.

    The Kenzie Report Mark Clifton
  • We shoulda kept you hawg-tied, 'stead o' lettin' you go free!

  • There wasn't much you coulda tipped 'em off to, but you shoulda stalled 'em along.

    Winner Take All Larry Evans
  • We shoulda been part of the first gang ever to land on the Moon!

    Space Tug Murray Leinster
  • That shoulda tipped me off—shoulda give me a freemonition that the party was gonna get rough.

  • A'course I shoulda wised you up earlier about Dunham but I thought you were on.

    Winner Take All Larry Evans
  • shoulda taken pills,” he said through the haze that was beginning to fold over him again.

    Cum Grano Salis Gordon Randall Garrett

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