Couldn’t Agree More (I, somebody)

Meaning of Idiom ‘Couldn’t Agree More’

When someone says ‘I couldn’t agree more’ it means they agree very strongly; to completely agree; to share someone’s opinion. 1Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms]. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010.,2Brenner, Gail Abel. Webster’s New World American Idioms Handbook]. Wiley, 2003.

Usage

This idiom is mostly used in the first person, as “I couldn’t agree more.” It is sometimes, however, used in the third person to indicate that an individual or group agrees.

Examples Of Use

“I couldn’t agree more. That was a really silly movie.”

“Citizens have been calling for an additional traffic light at this dangerous intersection for years, and after his son had an accident at this very same crossing, it seems the mayor couldn’t agree more.”

“This new guy is completely unqualified for his position. He’s going to ruin us!” said Markus. “I couldn’t agree more, but it’s up to the board of directors to fire him, not me.”

Origin

Used since at least 1950.

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Sources   [ + ]

1. Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms]. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010.
2. Brenner, Gail Abel. Webster’s New World American Idioms Handbook]. Wiley, 2003.