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beyond caring

Unable or unwilling to devote more time and attention to a particular person or issue. Give him anything he wants in the divorce settlement—I'm just beyond caring anymore. I'm a senior now, so I'm beyond caring about what the catty girls at school say.
See also: beyond, caring

(not) care a hoot

To be concerned about someone or something. Typically used in the negative to convey the opposite. I don't care a hoot about making money, I just want to do something with my life that makes life better for others. I haven't cared a hoot for the show ever since they killed off my favorite character. Do whatever you want, I don't care a hoot.
See also: care, hoot

(not) care a toss

slang To be concerned about someone or something. Typically used in the negative to convey the opposite. Primarily heard in UK. I don't care a toss about making money, I just want to do something with my life that makes life better for others. I haven't cared a toss for the show ever since they killed off my favorite character. Do whatever you want, I don't care a toss.
See also: care, toss

care for (someone or something)

1. To act as a caretaker for someone or something. We need to hire a nurse to care for grandpa when he gets out of the hospital. Judging by the overgrown weeds and broken shutters, no one has been caring for this house.
2. To have a strong feeling of love or affection for someone or something; to cherish someone or something. There is nothing I care for more than my children.
3. To like someone or something. Often used in the negative to mean the opposite. I know you don't care for asparagus, so I made string beans instead.
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care to (do something)

1. To be interested in doing a particular action or activity. Often used in the negative to mean the opposite. No thanks, I don't care to jog today—my legs still hurt from yesterday's trip to the gym.
2. Would you like to (do a particular action or activity)? I'm going out for a jog—care to join me?
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be beyond caring

To be unable or unwilling to devote more time and attention to a particular person or issue. Give him anything he wants in the divorce settlement—I'm just beyond caring anymore. I'm a senior now, so I'm beyond caring about what the catty girls at school say.
See also: beyond, caring

be past caring

To be unable or unwilling to devote more time and attention to a particular person or issue. Give him anything he wants in the divorce settlement—I'm just past caring anymore. Give him anything he wants in the divorce settlement—I'm just past caring anymore.
See also: caring, past

know nothing and care less (about someone or something)

To have only a passing knowledge and absolutely no concern about someone or something. A: "Don't you have any family who would take you in?" A: "I had a half-brother who lived upstate, but the last time I checked, he knew nothing and cared less about what happens to me." There's no point getting frustrated at the computer. It's just a machine—it knows nothing and cares less about what you want it to do, only what you tell it to do.
See also: and, care, know, less, nothing, someone

know little and care less (about someone or something)

To have only a passing knowledge and absolutely no concern about someone or something. A: "Don't you have any family who would take you in?" A: "I had a half-brother who lived upstate, but the last time I checked, he knew little and cared less about what happens to me." There's no point getting frustrated at the computer. It's just a machine—it knows little and cares less about what you want it to do, only what you tell it to do.
See also: and, care, know, less, little, someone

past caring

Fig. [of someone] beyond caring about someone or something that is hopeless. I don't care what you do! I'm past caring!
See also: caring, past

be beyond/past ˈcaring (about something)

have reached a stage where you no longer care about or are no longer affected by something: She can’t hurt him now because he’s beyond caring about what she says.
See also: beyond, caring, past
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