Definitions

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  • Could not have.

Etymologies

Written form of a reduction of "could not have" (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I heard him sayin 'he could not be everywhere at yince, an' couldna 'both watch coal thieves an' tattie stealin 'at yin an' the same time. "

    The Underworld The Story of Robert Sinclair, Miner

  • “I couldna think straight for worry that Moreland had taken you away,” he whispered when he broke the kiss.

    Healing the Highlander

  • Eckerlund, if your knowledge of outdoorsmanship is as weak as your knowledge of the constitution, you couldna gut a fish if it came with a zipper.

    On Obama And Ammunition

  • He couldna say enough about ye—how ye seemed tae thrive whenever ye visited.

    The Shattering

  • They couldna been no more than eleven, maybe tweleve, but they knew who he was.

    Daddy Long Stroke

  • Colum thought perhaps you were an English spy, though he couldna imagine in that case why you'd no Gaelic.

    Sick Cycle Carousel

  • I couldna tell anything except the man was on top.

    Sick Cycle Carousel

  • But Dougal and Colum couldna be sure of that, could they?

    Sick Cycle Carousel

  • "You couldna wait 'til I woke to tell me that?" he inquired.

    Sick Cycle Carousel

  • And to be drugged, to lie here helpless if they come, and maybe wake up chained in a cell again" Claire, I couldna bear it. "

    Sick Cycle Carousel

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