devil-may-care


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dev·il-may-care

(dĕv′əl-mā-kâr′)
adj.
1. Heedless of caution; reckless.
2. Jovial and rakish in manner.
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devil-may-care

adj
careless or reckless; happy-go-lucky: a devil-may-care attitude.
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dev′il-may-care′



adj.
reckless; careless; rollicking.
[1785–95]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.devil-may-care - cheerfully irresponsibledevil-may-care - cheerfully irresponsible; "carefree with his money"; "freewheeling urban youths"; "had a harum-scarum youth"
irresponsible - showing lack of care for consequences; "behaved like an irresponsible idiot"; "hasty and irresponsible action"
2.devil-may-care - marked by a carefree unconventionality or disreputableness; "a cocktail party given by some...raffish bachelors"- Crary Moore
unconventional - not conventional or conformist; "unconventional life styles"
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devil-may-care

adjective happy-go-lucky, casual, careless, easy-going, reckless, unconcerned, flippant, nonchalant, heedless, insouciant his reckless, devil-may-care attitude to life
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Translations

devil-may-care

[ˈdevlmeɪˈkɛəʳ] ADJdespreocupado; (= rash) → temerario, arriesgado
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devil-may-care

adjleichtsinnig, vollständig unbekümmert; he’s got a devil-may-care attitude to lifeseine Lebenseinstellung ist „Nach mir die Sintflut
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devil-may-care

[ˈdɛvlmeɪˈkɛəʳ] adj (attitude) → sprezzante
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References in classic literature ?
'My devil-may-care acquaintance,' said Mr Chester--'really if you do not draw some nicer distinctions, your career will be cut short with most surprising suddenness.
His soldiers formed a legion of devil-may-care fellows, perfectly undisciplined toward all but himself.
'I tell you,' said the dwarf, exulting in his project, 'that I'll be a bachelor, a devil-may-care bachelor; and I'll have my bachelor's hall at the counting-house, and at such times come near it if you dare.
There was a short silence, after which Toby Crackit, seeming to abandon as hopeless any further effort to maintain his usual devil-may-care swagger, turned to Chitling and said,
He was an old grizzled sailor, whom Toby and myself had frequently seen in Nukuheva, where he lived an easy devil-may-care life in the household of Mowanna the king, going by the name of 'Jimmy'.
Bert, his handsome face bitter and devil-may-care, had tilted his chair back against the wall and was singing
It by no means follows that because a man is a sexton, and constantly surrounded by the emblems of mortality, therefore he should be a morose and melancholy man; your undertakers are the merriest fellows in the world; and I once had the honour of being on intimate terms with a mute, who in private life, and off duty, was as comical and jocose a little fellow as ever chirped out a devil-may-care song, without a hitch in his memory, or drained off a good stiff glass without stopping for breath.
I can see well enough," he went on, after a pause, "all the best big fellows look on me with suspicion; they think I'm a devil-may-care, reckless young scamp.
Carlier, undermined by fever, could not swagger any more, but kept tottering about, still with a devil-may-care air, as became a man who remembered his crack regiment.
He sang it with an assumption of a Devil-may-care voice, that made his face a thousand times more meagre and more thoughtful than ever.
His character will have a 'devil-may-care attitude that tends to get him into trouble as often as it gets him out'.
Since there is no witness to how the road has been damaged, many believe it is done by a devil-may-care person.