tinker's dam


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tin·ker's damn

also tin·ker's dam (tĭng′kərz)
n. Slang
The smallest degree or amount: property that is not worth a tinker's damn.

[Probably from the reputation of tinkers for cursing.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tinker's dam - something of little value; "his promise is not worth a damn"; "not worth one red cent"; "not worth shucks"
worthlessness, ineptitude - having no qualities that would render it valuable or useful; "the drill sergeant's intent was to convince all the recruits of their worthlessness"
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