tinker's damn

1. the least value or merit; nothing or anything at all: It's not worth a tinker's damn.
2. care or give a tinker's damn, to have or feel little or no concern; be unaffected or unmoved: I don't care a tinker's damn for their opinions.
Also, tinker's dam.
[1830-40; from tinkers' alleged habit of cursing frequently (hence weakening the force of a curse)]

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  • tinker's damn — or tinker s dam n. [< TINKER + DAMN: with reference to the lowly status and reputed profane speech of tinkers] something of no value: now chiefly in the phrase not worth a tinker s damn …   English World dictionary

  • tinker's damn — noun something of little value his promise is not worth a damn not worth one red cent not worth shucks • Syn: ↑damn, ↑darn, ↑hoot, ↑red cent, ↑shit, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • tinker's damn — tin′ker s damn′ (or dam′) n. cvb the least bit; hoot; damn: not worth a tinker s damn[/ex] • Etymology: 1830–40; from tinkers alleged habit of cursing frequently (hence weakening the force of a curse) …   From formal English to slang

  • tinker's damn — also tinker s dam noun Etymology: probably from the tinkers reputation for blasphemy Date: 1839 a minimum amount or degree (as of care) < didn t give a tinker s damn about poetry James Blish > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • tinker's damn — See: NOT WORTH A TINKER S DAMN …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • tinker's damn — See: NOT WORTH A TINKER S DAMN …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • tinker's\ damn — See: not worth a tinker s damn …   Словарь американских идиом

  • tinker's damn — noun a worthless amount Syn: tinkers cuss …   Wiktionary

  • not\ worth\ a\ tinker's\ damn — • not worth a tinker s dam • not worth a tinker s damn adj. phr. informal Not worth anything; valueless. As a bricklayer he was not worth a tinker s damn. I am not familiar with the subject so my opinion would not be worth a tinker s dam …   Словарь американских идиом

  • not worth a tinker's damn — or not[worth a tinker s dam] {adj. phr.}, {informal} Not worth anything; valueless. * /As a bricklayer he was not worth a tinker s damn./ * /I am not familiar with the subject so my opinion would not be worth a tinker s dam./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

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