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can't be bothered

Unwilling or disinclined to make the effort necessary to do or accomplish something. (Used in the present and past tenses almost interchangeably.) I can't be bothered to clean all those dishes after dinner, so I'll just leave them in the sink until the morning. A: "Did you go to Sarah's party last night?" B: "Nah, couldn't be bothered."
See also: bother

can’t be bothered (to do something)

(British English, informal) not willing to make the effort (to do something): I got home so late last night that I couldn’t be bothered to cook dinner.He didn’t have an excuse for not coming to the party — he just couldn’t be bothered.
See also: bother
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Until now, I couldn't be bothered thinking about the referendum.
It is the feeling of "I couldn't be bothered or I am not interested", or it is the feeling of apathy but taken to its extreme.
B) Lazy--it looks like you couldn't be bothered to come up with innovative images and therefore decided to just write the institution title down.
The 64-year-old frontman said: "I think we were offered it and we said we couldn't be bothered or we were in Hawaii or somewhere while it was on.
weapons inspectors themselves said they could find no weapons of mass destruction and begged for more time to look, Bush couldn't be bothered.
It was as if the two-time defending City Section champions couldn't be bothered with Venice on Tuesday.
But Taylor was adamant that even if he does decide to come out of retirement he couldn't be bothered to face the Dutchman.
But that trash, the unserviceables, were a key to supply, Depots could fix, and to requisitions reply; But Hoarder couldn't be bothered with mere readiness, Of hoarding and trash piles he couldn't care less.
Alternatively, we were excellent in the first half and couldn't be bothered after that.
He was stabbed in the face six times by two muggers who couldn't be bothered to earn the money to buy their own car and so decided to take someone else's.
is the just-published Grove Book of Art Writing, which is nothing but an "American" edition of the Penguin Book of Art Writing(London, 1998), though Grove couldn't be bothered to Americanize the spellings.
The Tories and Lib Dems in Wales predictably voted for the increase but, for all their bluster, the Labour MPs couldn't be bothered one way or another.
If you asked them to put their hands up, they probably couldn't be bothered.
H ROBINSON of Bridgend says: "No wonder the NHS is in such trouble when the likes of Carey Williams are suing them because he couldn't be bothered to take his spare leg on holiday" (Mirror Mailbox, February 14).