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cuss a blue streak

To use profane language with great rapidity and intensity. My dad cussed a blue streak after he found out I'd put a dent in his car.
See also: blue, cuss, streak

cuss like a sailor

To use profanities or vulgar language very freely or frequently. (An allusion to the rough language presumed to be used by navy personnel.) My little sister has been cussing like a sailor ever since she started college. My granny is the sweetest old lady you'll ever meet, but she cusses like a sailor when she gets to talking about someone or something she doesn't like.
See also: cuss, like, sailor

cuss like a trooper

To use profanities or vulgar language very freely or frequently. (An allusion to the rough language presumed to be used by military personnel.) My granny is the sweetest old lady you'll ever meet, but she cusses like a trooper when she gets to talking about someone or something she doesn't like. My little sister has been cussing like a trooper ever since she started college.
See also: cuss, like, trooper

cuss out

To use profane language as a reprimand or attack. A noun or pronoun can be used between "cuss" and "out." I cussed out the driver that nearly backed into my car. I had to cuss him out—he was just being so rude!
See also: cuss, out

not give a tinker's cuss

rude slang To not care about, or have any interest in, someone or something. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. Fred does not give a tinker's cuss about what anyone else thinks of him.
See also: cuss, give, not
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

cuss a blue streak

Rur. to curse a great deal. When she dropped the brick on her toe, she cussed a blue streak. Bill could cuss a blue streak by the time he was eight years old.
See also: blue, cuss, streak

cuss someone out

to curse at someone. Dad cussed me out for losing the money he gave me. The little kid cussed out his brother, shocking his grandmother.
See also: cuss, out

not give a tinker's damn

Fig. not to care at all. (A tinker's damn or dam may be a worthless curse from a tinker or a small dam or barrier used to contain molten metal.) I don't give a tinker's damn whether you go or not!
See also: damn, give, not
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

not give a tinker's damn

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not give a tinker's cuss

INFORMAL, OLD-FASHIONED
If you say that you don't give a tinker's damn or don't give a tinker's cuss about something or someone, you mean that you do not care about them at all. Most of these people couldn't give a tinker's damn about the students. For 50 weeks of the year, the great British public couldn't give a tinker's cuss about tennis. Note: You can also say that someone or something is not worth a tinker's damn when you think they are of no value. The real truth is you haven't been worth a tinker's damn all week.
See also: damn, give, not
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
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I shall work like a demon on my two-thirdsdone novel, to allow max time, before the thing I don't give a tinker's cuss about is finished, for gazing into the middle distance in a fug of anxiety about whether, now it's done, it's any good.
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Since then, we have been moving towards a relationship where we put all the cards on the table without demand, and with a level of transparency that is risky in the sense that it reveals what a difficult cuss I am.
Satan is disturbingly real: the scene in which he has his demon-children herd and cuss the apostate Judas onto the corpse of a decayed lamb, whose bell-rope then becomes the instrument of his suicide, shows evil's sick, unsmiling parody of the good.
* A preacher was trying to start his pull-start lawn mower when a young man walked by and said, "Preacher, you have to cuss at those things to get them to run."
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The book is written in "chatroom" style: sentence fragments, caps lock, and cuss words.
In his book Cuss Control: The Complete Book on How to Curb Your Cursing, O'Connor argues that in recent decades swearing has risen "from the gutters and drifted into offices, and shifted from street corners into schools."