give a tinker's damn

Definition of give a tinker's damn

US, informal

  1. :  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

  1. :  to make a present of

    :  to grant or bestow by formal action

    :  to accord or yield to another

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

    :  the ability of a material to bend or stretch

  1. :  a usually itinerant mender of household utensils

    :  an unskillful mender :  bungler

    :  gypsy

  1. :  to work in the manner of a tinker

    :  to repair, adjust, or work with something in an unskilled or experimental manner :  fiddle

    :  to repair, adjust, or experiment with

  1. :  to condemn to a punishment or fate

    :  to condemn to hell

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

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

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

  1. :  damned

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