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curse the day (one) was born

1. Of oneself, to regret having ever existed, as due to some extreme suffering one is or will be experiencing. Basic training in the military is so hard that you'll often find yourself cursing the day you were born. She was so embarrassed by the event that she cursed the day she was born.
2. To detest someone to such a degree as to wish they had never existed. You're just a horrible, selfish pig, and I curse the day you were born!
See also: born, curse

curse (someone or something) under (one's) breath

To say threatening, consternated, or disgruntled remarks (toward someone or something) in a very soft or indistinct voice, such that no one else can hear or understand them clearly. "You'll get what's coming to you one of these days," Janet cursed under her breath. Steven stormed off to his room, cursing his parents under his breath. My dad spent nearly an hour trying to fix the engine on the side of the road, cursing the broken-down truck under his breath the whole time.
See also: breath, curse

curse a blue streak

To use profane language with great rapidity and intensity. My dad cursed a blue streak after he found out I'd put a dent in his car.
See also: blue, curse, streak

curse (someone) under (one's) breath

To murmur something in such a soft, quiet voice that others cannot hear it distinctly. (Said especially of rude, unpleasant, complaining, or impertinent remarks.) I could hear Bill cursing the boss under his breath as he walked back to his desk after his annual review. If you curse under your breath around me again, I'll tan your hide so quick it will smart for a week!
See also: breath, curse

curses, like chickens, come home to roost

One's previous actions will eventually have consequences or cause problems. Aw man, I knew not handing in my homework would be a problem eventually. Curses, like chickens, come home to roost, after all. I'd be careful before making any rash decisions—you know that curses, like chickens, come home to roost.
See also: come, home, like, roost

curse (someone or oneself) for (something)

1. To call evil upon one for something they have done. If he ever mistreats my daughter, I will certainly curse him for it.
2. To criticize oneself. In this usage, a reflexive pronoun is used between "curse" and "for." As I sat in the traffic jam, I cursed myself for not leaving the house earlier.
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curse at (someone or something)

To use profane language when speaking to someone or something. I cursed at the driver that nearly backed into my car. My dad cursed at the TV when his favorite team allowed a goal in overtime.
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curse with (something)

1. To call evil upon one. A noun or pronoun can be used between "curse" and "with." I cursed him with every illness I could think of when I heard how he had mistreated my daughter.
2. To have a particular problem or affliction. A noun or pronoun can be used between "curse" and "with." I've been cursed with an excellent memory because I can remember every insult or wrong that has ever been done to me.
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not give a tinker's curse

rude slang To not care about, or have any interest in, someone or something. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. Fred does not give a tinker's curse about what anyone else thinks of him.
See also: curse, give, not

curse at someone or something

to swear at someone or something; to use foul language at someone or something. He cursed at the jammed toaster and pounded his fist on the counter in anger. Please don't curse at me.
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curse someone for something

to damn someone for doing something; to invoke evil upon someone for doing something. She cursed her mother for ever having borne her. Over and over, she cursed herself for ever having come there.
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curse someone or something with something

 
1. to damn someone or something with something, especially a verbal curse. She cursed him with the fervent wish that he rot in hell. She cursed the day he was born with an unprintable oath.
2. to afflict or oppress someone or something with something. His upbringing cursed him with a strong sense of guilt. The political scandal cursed the town with a dismal reputation for years.
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*under one's breath

Fig. [spoken] so softly that almost no one can hear it. (*Typically: curse ~; curse some-one or something ~; mutter ~; mutter something ~; say something ~.) John was muttering something under his breath, and I don't think it was very pleasant. I'm glad he said it under his breath. If he had said it out loud, it would have caused an argument.
See also: breath

not give (or care) a tinker's curse (or cuss or damn)

not care at all. informal
In former times, tinkers (itinerant menders of pots, pans, and other metal utensils) had a reputation for using bad language. The expression is often shortened to not give a tinker's .
1984 Patrick O'Brian The Far Side of the World When I was a squeaker nobody gave a tinker's curse whether my daily workings were right or wrong.
See also: curse, give, not

the curse

n. the menses. The curse struck this morning.
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Researchers have also examined curses plaguing archeological projects at various locations, such as the Mummy's Curse of King Tut's Tomb (Rompalske, 2000; Soren, 2000).
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The blessings and curses of Jesus are beloved, partly because we don't try to live them.
As for the curse in Gordon's previous work it won't affect us.
At a particular point in the history of the Middle East, however, a concatenation of notions and perceptions seems to have appeared that steadily worked toward the denigration (an evocative word in itself) of particular peoples, depicting them as intrinsically inferior, as "naturally" unnatural and so condignly subject to low, servile status--and increasingly, in the postbiblical rabbinical comment and exegesis, and in the early Christian patristic writings that also rested on a biblical-scriptural base, the Curse of Ham was made to act, or created to act as, the prime rationale for black inferiority, rejection from civilization, and so as an understandable, even obligatory subjection to slave status.
Geller was sanguine over how the residents of his small village of Sonning-on-Thames about an hour west of London would take the arrival of the curse if Carlisle council takes him up on his offer.
The Curse of Shrubino will dog the Cardinals for a long time to come.
But for all its obvious flaws, Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl is buoyed by a sensational lead performance by Johnny Depp, whose salty sea-dog is a deliciously camp, tongue-in-cheek amalgam of Steve Tyler from Aerosmith and Keith Richards from The Rolling Stones.
When he was manager of Blues, Ron Saunders ordered all the players to daub the soles of their boots with special red paint from Romania, and also handed them crosses and lucky coins to rid the club of the curse.
I admit, I've been known to curse up a storm - sometimes even a hurricane.
Cursing's influenced by our personalities and gender: men curse more than women, and extroverted Type A-personality men most of all.
By reading the hidden closed-caption text, Curse Free TV detects offensive language, momentarily mutes the sound, and (according to its creators) displays acceptable words and phrases with 95 percent accuracy.
SUPERSTITIOUS Marian Wallace is off on a mammoth 4,000 mile trek to try to lift an ancient curse.
Not only does Prospero's language make the curse possible," Loomba writes, "but in cursing, Caliban creatively uses .