(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.
When informed of this the sick man said in anger: "Then I'll be damned if I die!"
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.
With Love and Death on Long Island, some British critics--a number of whom, as a friend reminded me, are not unlike the central character--said, 'It's a souffle beyond John Hurt's very good performance.' The worst thing is to be damned with faint praise.