not give a damn

not give a damn

rude slang To not care in the slightest (about something or someone); to attach no importance to someone or something. I don't give a damn about making money, I just want to do something with my life that makes life better for others. I haven't given a damn for the show ever since they killed off my favorite character.
See also: damn, give, not

not give a damn

Also, not give a fig or hang or hoot or rap or shit . Not care about, be indifferent to, as in I don't give a damn about him, or She doesn't give a fig if he comes or not. The nouns in all these terms signify something totally worthless. Although probably in oral use for much longer, damn is first recorded in this negative form in the late 1700s and the worthless item it is used to denigrate is a curse. Fig has denoted something small and worthless since about 1400, and hang since the mid-1800s; hoot has been used for the smallest particle since the later 1800s; rap, also for the smallest particle, since the first half of the 1800s, and shit, for excrement, since about 1920. All but the first of these terms are colloquial and the last (using shit) is vulgar.
See also: damn, give, not

hang

verb

hang

in. to hang around; to spend time aimlessly. My mom yelled at me because I spent all day hanging with the guys.

hoot

1. in. to laugh loudly. The audience screamed and hooted with their appreciation.
2. n. a joke; something laughable. The whole business was a terrific hoot.
3. in. to boo at someone’s performance. The audience hooted until the performer fled the stage in disgrace.

rap

1. in. to talk or chat about something. Something wrong? Let’s rap about it.
2. n. a conversation; a chat. Let’s have a rap sometime.
3. n. sweet talk; seductive talk; line. Don’t lay that rap on me! You’re not my type.
4. n. a criminal charge; the blame for something. (Underworld.) The cops tried to make the rap stick, but they didn’t have enough evidence.

shit

1. n. dung; feces. (Usually objectionable. Colloquial. Objectionable for many people. See the complete list of all entries with shit in the Index of Hidden Key Words.) Gee! I stepped in some shit!
2. in. to defecate. (Usually objectionable.) This dog needs to shit. Take it for a walk.
3. n. any trash or unwanted material; junk; clutter. (Usually objectionable.) Clean up this shit and don’t let this place get so messy.
4. n. a wretched person; a despised person. (Rude and derogatory.) You stupid shit! Look what you did!
5. n. one’s personal belongings. (see also get one’s shit together. Usually objectionable.) I gotta get my shit from the kitchen and get outa here.
6. n. lies; nonsense. (From bullshit. Usually objectionable.) All I ever hear out of you is shit.
7. tv. to deceive someone; to lie to someone. Stop shittin’ me, you bastard!
8. n. drugs, especially heroin or marijuana. (Usually objectionable.) You are going to have to get off this shit or you’re gonna die.
9. exclam. a general expression of disgust. (Usually Shit! Usually objectionable.) Oh, shit! What a mess!