(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.
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.
They float an idea to centralize government functions in a civic center, take loads of heat from a public that basically hates the whole idea of going downtown, wait a few months to let the discussion fade from memory, then vote unanimously to proceed with the centralization of services and the public be damned.