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  • v. Used to show there was possibility of something happening in the past, but it did not happen.

Etymologies

Contraction of could have (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • What was he wearing? I'm interested in giant fashion.

    February 28, 2011

  • Yeah, but what about when my pal says: Do think that guy we saw at the cornerstore was an actual giant, like, genetically?" and I say "Could've been." In that case, the event didn't necessarily "not happen," as Wiktionary puts it.
    Hmph.

    February 28, 2011