(something) be damned

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(something) be damned

Said of something that is ignored or disregarded by someone else, to the dismay of the speaker. "Be damned" is a set phrase. Apparently, they are firing all of their best photographers, quality be damned! These new politicians say whatever they want, and decency be damned.
See also: damned
References in classic literature ?
Wearied at last by their importunities, the Government said it would be damned if it gave anything.
Although, if she had been asked whether she supposed that in the future life, if he did not believe, he would be damned, she would have had to admit that he would be damned, his unbelief did not cause her unhappiness.
Personal responsibility be damned, local control of governments be damned.
Those who indulge in such tacky behavior seem to be intent on sending the message ``the public be damned.