give a hoot

Definition of give a hoot

informal
:to care at all about someone or something used in negative statements
  • I don't give a hoot about what they say.
  • I don't give two hoots about his problems.

Word by Word Definitions

give play
  1. : to make a present of

  2. : to grant or bestow by formal action

  3. : to accord or yield to another

  1. : capacity or tendency to yield to force or strain : flexibility

  2. : the ability of a material to bend or stretch

hoot play
  1. : to shout or laugh usually derisively

  2. : to make the natural throat noise of an owl or a similar cry

  3. : to make a loud clamorous mechanical sound

  1. : a sound of hooting

  2. : a minimum amount or degree : the least bit

  3. : something or someone amusing

  1. used to express impatience, dissatisfaction, or objection


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