could/couldn't care less

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of could/couldn't care less

informal
used to indicate that one is not at all concerned about or interested in something
  • He says he couldn't care less if he gets fired.
  • I could care less what happens.

Word by Word Definitions

could play
  1. : past tense of can

  2. used in auxiliary function in the past, in the past conditional, and as an alternative to can suggesting less force or certainty or as a polite form in the present

couldn't play
  1. : could not

care play
  1. : suffering of mind : grief

  2. : a disquieted state of mixed uncertainty, apprehension, and responsibility

  3. : a cause for such anxiety

  1. : to feel trouble or anxiety

  2. : to feel interest or concern

  3. : to give care

less play
  1. : comparative of little:1

  2. : constituting a more limited number or amount

  3. : of lower rank, degree, or importance

  1. : comparative of little:2

  2. : to a lesser extent or degree

  1. : a smaller portion or quantity

  2. : something of less importance

  1. : diminished by : minus

  1. : destitute of : not having

  2. : unable to be acted on or to act (in a specified way)


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