tinker's damn


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tinker's damn

Something of no value. Itinerant tinsmiths known as tinkers were roughand- ready men who saw no reason to watch their language. They swore so frequently that their curse words had no value for emphasis or anything else, and so something that was said to be worth a tinker's damn had no merit or value at all.
See also: damn
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Nobody cares a tinker's damn how anybody else votes or whether they vote.
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I don't think a censure resolution would be worth a tinker's damn.