give a tinker's damn

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of give a tinker's damn

US, informal
: to be interested in or concerned about something used in negative statements
  • He obviously doesn't give a tinker's damn about what happens.

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

tinker play
  1. : to work in the manner of a tinker

  2. : to repair, adjust, or experiment with

  1. : a usually itinerant mender of household utensils

  2. : an unskillful mender : bungler

  3. : gypsy

damn play
  1. : to condemn to a punishment or fate

  2. : to condemn vigorously and often irascibly for some real or fancied fault or defect

  3. : to condemn as a failure by public criticism

  1. : the utterance of the word damn as a curse

  2. : a minimum amount or degree (as of care or consideration) : the least bit

  1. : damned


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