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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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.
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.
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!
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
not give a tinker's damnor
not give a tinker's cussINFORMAL, 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.
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012