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not give a continental

To be disinterested or indifferent. During the American Revolution, the Continental Congress issued a form of currency known as the "continental" that proved worthless due to rapid depreciation. If you think I care what he says, you're wrong—I don't give a continental! I know you don't give a continental about your room being clean, but can you at least pick the clothes up off the floor once in a while?
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not worth a continental

Completely worthless or useless; having little or no value. During the American Revolution, the Continental Congress issued a form of currency known as the "continental" that proved worthless due to rapid depreciation. I was so excited when my grandfather said he'd give me his car, but this old clunker isn't worth a continental. Over the years working here, I've come to realize that the boss's word isn't worth a continental.
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These approaches of American literary elite of that time (a time when intellectual and literary convictions were fast and deeply influencing political directions and decisions) were not just notions of artistic fancies; they rather validly reflect the 'annexationist sentiment'11 as well as 'buoyant continentalism'12 which have been haunting the relationship of the two neighbours till today.
Prah, Africanism or continentalism, mobilizing Africans for renaissance and unity, selected documents of the 8th Pan-African Congress, CASAS, Cape Town, South Africa, 2014
In a speech to Trent University in 1965, in the midst of the political and cultural revolution began by Pearson and completed by Trudeau, Creighton warned, "A nation that repudiates or distorts its past runs a great danger of forfeiting its future." The changes began by previous Liberal regimes left Canada vulnerable to the influence of the United States (the "tentacles of continentalism") and fomented regionalism; Canada's new nationalism, imposed from above, ironically weakened Canada.
Kent Calder's The New Continentalism does exactly that by focusing on the intersection of energy and geopolitics in Eurasia.
In the era of the Louisiana Purchase, John Quincy Adams's theory of continentalism seems a more apt fit--though even this theory was predicated on a perception of American power not yet prevalent before the War of 1812.
Beard called for an American continentalism content with hemispheric self-sufficiency, while Williams counseled for the rejection of a militaristic "weltanschauung" that sought "to establish and maintain the American Way as the global status quo." With greater specificity, Lasch showed that an alternative tradition to the consumer-imperial state existed in the United States.
Clarkson deals well with the impact of 9/11, displaying that it too did not bring in its train a greater degree of continentalism, as some thought at first it would.
For this reason, some social analysts advocate for new forms of regional analysis; in some cases they speak of continentalism as an instance that would allow us to focus on a mediating category of analysis between the local and the international, or as a form, according to others, of post-nationalism that would allow us to reach, in a study of the national, dispersed and expatriated communities, transnational movements, and cross-cultural social and political agendas.
The Myth of the North American City: Continentalism Challenged.
The chapters deal with 'continentalism', the urban system, the effects of globalization, transport and communications, infrastructure, social spaces, the impacts of changing lifestyles, urban and suburban downtowns, the inner city, suburbs, the city's countryside, employment, housing, the retail environment, city politics, planning, sustainability, immigration, homelessness and the changing meanings of space and place.
It is seeking a multiplicity of international ties lest it be irretrievably bound to a debilitating continentalism (otherwise known as Uncle Sam's rip-off).
Drawing on the popular "isolationism," which had survived intact the beginnings of Open Door Empire, and appealing to the nineteenth-century tradition of continentalism, antiwar spokesmen had a potentially much larger constituency than the Anti-Imperialist League had in 1900.
continentalism and regionalism--forces witnessed in the decreasing
The Canadians have mapped out an independent approach to foreign relations - characterized by a working balance between ''continentalism,'' which stresses the importance of relations with its mighty neighbor the United States, and ''internationalism'' with its focus on the United Nations.