(someone or something) be damned

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(someone or something) be damned

Used to express reckless or contemptuous disregard for a particular person or thing, especially in favor of someone or something else. So, what, you're willing to drag this issue through the courts for God knows how many years, your reputation be damned? The only thing this company is concerned with is making as much money as possible, employee welfare be damned! I'll deliver this package myself if I have to, but it's going to get to their office on time, postal strike be damned!
See also: damned
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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.