tinker's damn

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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.]
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tinker's damn


tinker's cuss

slang the slightest heed (esp in the phrase not give a tinker's damn or cuss)
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tin′ker's damn′

(or dam′),

the least bit; hoot; damn: not worth a tinker's damn.
[1830–40; from tinkers' alleged habit of cursing frequently (hence weakening the force of a curse)]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tinker's damn - 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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