tinker's damn

noun

variants or less commonly tinker's dam
: a minimum amount or degree (as of care)
didn't give a tinker's damn about poetry James Blish

Word History

Etymology

probably from the tinkers' reputation for blasphemy

First Known Use

1839, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tinker's damn was in 1839

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Cite this Entry

“Tinker's damn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tinker%27s%20damn. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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