I'll be damned

idiom

informal + impolite
1
used to show that one is very surprised about something
Well I'll be damned! Our team actually won!
often + if
I spent an hour putting the machine together and I'll be damned if it didn't fall apart as soon as I tried to use it.
sometimes shortened to damned if
I told them they wouldn't enjoy the trip but damned if they didn't come anyway.
2
used to say that one cannot or will not do something
+ if
I'll be damned if I can remember where I left my keys.
I'll be damned if I'm going to eat any more of that disgusting food.

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“I'll be damned.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/I%27ll%20be%20damned. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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