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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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serves as a metonymic reminder that fewer political and cultural pressures exist within North America for continentalist perspectives--major trade agreements like the Auto Pact and nafta and other functional co-operative measures across various domains duly noted.
The Report on Manufactures was an extension and expansion on the themes of the fifth Continentalist.
21) Continentalists of the 1970s such as John Holmes, concentrated his research on Canada's role as a peacemaker in the hemisphere, while Graeme Mount opted to look at the economic relationship between the two regions, paving the way for the revisionists.
In this case occupational and sectoral factors interacted to generate relatively continentalist preferences among private sector technical professionals / managers / supervisors and relatively nationalist preferences among the other three NMC groups.
Safarian clearly sang from a far more continentalist, realist, and quiet diplomacy hymnal than did the nationalists who comprised much of the rest of the choir in his 1968 table of contents.
She reviewed the results of nine federal commissions and task forces and concluded that recommendations favouring economic and cultural nationalism in Canada tended not to be implemented, despite broad support of public opinion, because Canadian elites held more continentalist views.
210) and India's economy, despite Britain's longstanding presence there, remained squarely continentalist at the end of British rule.
He notes the central paradox of Australian strategic culture--a continentalist mind-set yet a history of distant "expeditionary" commitments in support of alliance partners.
Cultural industries were perceived as dangerous to the collective trust; they were calculated, profit-oriented, geographically confined, continentalist smooth operators from which a potentially genuine culture needed to defend itself.
It was, as Anastakis puts it, continentalism as a form of economic nationalism, acceptable both to Walter Gordon the nationalist and Mitchell Sharp the continentalist.
Their fates have become entwined as never before, a consequence of a continentalist capitalist restructuring that enhances and intensifies processes of integration that have been operative for a century and a half, but that are now exercising an undeniable capacity to determine the outcome of class struggles in any given national context.
A war against the war on terror must become our democratic response to the continentalist security-state project emanating from Washington and the closely linked security-state apparatus in Ottawa.
This shift was partly a result of his association with his mentor, Mitchell Sharp, an economic conservative by Liberal standards who had supported the continentalist policies of C.
And despite the continentalist theme, the far west is left to the next instalment because the linkages, networks, and patterns of his analysis do not apply there until the last half of the nineteenth century.
I do not mean to disagree with Laxer that English Canada's raison d'etre (especially vis-a-vis the United States and continentalist incorporation) derived "from a wider concept of the public sphere in which the state takes a leading role" (Laxer 72).