care a whit

care a whit

To care just the smallest amount. (A "whit" is an iota.) Often used in the negative. I don't care a whit what the neighbors say, I'm not taking that fence down!
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didn't care a whit

 and don't care a whit
didn't care at all. Sally thought Joe liked her, but he didn't care a whit about her. I don't care a whit what you do with my old clothes.
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Our political system is not sensitive to the needs even of some of our own citizens who don't vote--the homeless, the imprisoned, the very poor--so how can we expect it to care a whit about people 5,000 miles from our voting booths, however miserable their situation?