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damn by association

To condemn, vilify, or discredit someone or something due to an association with a particular person, group, or thing. The multinational corporation was damned by association when it came to light that an employee of one of its subsidiaries belonged to a white supremacist organization. After the terrorist attack, many people were quick to damn by association anyone who belonged to the same faith as the terrorists.
See also: damn

damned if (one) does and damned if (one) doesn't

Said when one is faced with two undesirable options. I'm damned if I do and damned if I don't—if I confess that I broke the vase, then my parents will be mad, and if I don't, then I'll feel guilty about it. A: "Katie found out that I also asked Colleen to prom. Should I come clean with her?" B: "Man, you are damned if you do and damned if you don't!"
See also: and, damned, does, if

(something) be damned

Said of something that is ignored or disregarded by someone else, to the dismay of the speaker. "Be damned" is a set phrase. Apparently, they are firing all of their best photographers, quality be damned! These new politicians say whatever they want, and decency be damned.
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I'll be damned if I (do something)

I am determined not to do something. I'll be damned if I let some young upstart like you take control of my company!
See also: damned, if

be damned if you do and damned if you don't

To be in a situation in which every action (or inaction) could potentially cause one trouble. So your boss will be mad if you miss the work event, and your husband will be disappointed if you skip your anniversary dinner. Yep, you're damned if you do and damned if you don't!
See also: and, damned, if

damned if you do and damned if you don't

Every possible action (or inaction) would result in a negative outcome or cause you trouble; there is no course of action that does not have a drawback. So your boss will be mad if you miss the work event, and your husband will be disappointed if you skip your anniversary dinner. Yep, you're damned if do and damned if you don't!
See also: and, damned, if

damned if you do, damned if you don't

Every possible action (or inaction) would result in a negative outcome or cause you trouble; there is no course of action that does not have a drawback. So your boss will be mad if you miss the work event, and your husband will be disappointed if you skip your anniversary dinner. Damned if you do, damned if you don't!
See also: damned, if

I'll be damned

An expression of surprise or astonishment, especially regarding some recent revelation. I'll be damned. I never thought I'd see you walk through those doors again. After searching for 20 years, he watched as the bird landed just feet away from him—the bird everyone said was extinct. "I'll be damned," he whispered to himself.
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I'm be damned if I (do something)

I am determined not to do something. I'm be damned if I let some young upstart like you take control of my company!
See also: damned, if

Damned if you do, damned if you don't.

Prov. No matter what you do, it will cause trouble. If I use this money to pay the rent, I won't have enough left over for food. But if I don't use the money to pay the rent, my landlord will evict me. Damned if I do, damned if I don't. Helen: If I invite Shirley to the party, I'm sure she'll get drunk and make an unpleasant scene. But if I don't invite her, she'll never forgive me. Jane: Damned if you do, damned if you don't, huh?
See also: damned, if

I'm damned if I do and damned if I don't.

Fig. There are problems if I do something and problems if I don't do it. I can't win. I'm damned if I do and damned if I don't. No matter whether I go or stay, I am in trouble. I'm damned if I do and damned if I don't.
See also: and, damned, if

damned if I do, damned if I don't

A situation in which one can't win. For example, If I invite Aunt Jane, Mother will be angry, and if I don't, I lose Jane's friendship-I'm damned if I do and damned if I don't . Eric Partridge suggested this idiom may have come from the emphatic I'm damned if I do, meaning "I definitely will not do something," but despite the similar wording the quite different meaning argues against this theory. [Colloquial; first half of 1900s] Also see catch-22.
See also: damned, if

damn well

Also, damned well. Certainly, without doubt; emphatically. For example, You damn well better improve your grades, or I know damned well that he's leaving me out. The damn in this phrase is mainly an intensifier.
See also: damn, well

be damned if you do and damned if you don't

When people say that you will be damned if you do and damned if you don't, they mean that whatever you choose to do in a situation, you will be criticized. When it comes to interfering in other countries, when you're the world's most powerful nation, you're damned if you do and damned if you don't.
See also: and, damned, if

damned if you do and damned if you don't

in some situations whatever you do is likely to attract criticism.
1998 Spectator Some of the media were critical of the photo…That did not stop them all running it on the front page. You're damned if you do and damned if you don't.
See also: and, damned, if

I’ll be ˈdamned

(old-fashioned, spoken) used for expressing surprise: Well, I’ll be damned! Isn’t that Sarah Parker over there?
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I’m/I’ll be ˈdamned if...

(British English also I’m/I’ll be ˈblowed if ...) (spoken) I certainly will not, do not, etc: I’m damned if I will lend any money to that lazy son of mine.‘Why is she so late?’ ‘I’ll be blowed if I know.’
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Damned if I know

and DIIN and DIIK
phr. & comp. abb. I don’t know.; I have no idea. (DIIN is for poor spellers.) Don’t ask me! DIIK.
See also: damned, if, know

damn well

Without any doubt; positively: I am damn well going to file charges against him.
See also: damn, well
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Illustrated with some 50 photographs, numerous maps, a long bibliography, plenty of notes, The Damned Black Hats is splattered with 33 fine chapters of some of the best damned Civil War reporting I have ever seen, damn it
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Because as a Humanist and liberal I qualified in her eyes as a damned soul.
Damned If I Do by Percival Everett Graywolf Press, November 2004 $15, ISBN 1-555-97411-2
Damned if they make it too popular and damned if they don't.
Damned for Their Difference: The Cultural Construction of Deaf People as Disabled.
The Damned,'' starring the late Dirk Bogarde, examines the decadence in early '30s Germany as Nazism was taking hold.