diddly-squat


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diddly-squat

Nothing; anything at all (when used in negative statements). I have to admit that I know diddly-squat when it comes to computers. Unless you give me something in writing, that promise isn't worth diddly-squat.

diddly-squat

and (doodly-)squat (ˈdɪdliskwɑt and ˈdudliskwɑt)
n. nothing. (Folksy. Originally black or southern.) This contract isn’t worth diddly-squat.
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Ms Hoey was unimpressed by the Prime Minister's negotiation of new EU membership terms, saying he "asked for diddly-squat and got even less".
He said: "We make net contributions into the EU, which [withdrawal] would allow us to develop our own support programmes in Wales - in the UK, within the UK - to give support to regions like West Wales that have been struggling in the doldrums for years under EU programmes which have made diddly-squat of a difference in terms of them actually inching up the prosperity ladder.
Look at Arsenal - since they moved from Highbury to the Emirates, they have won diddly-squat and Arsene Wenger must be pining for the marble halls.
Remember how Owen's close friend and SFX stablemate Alan Shearer was lauded as a true Geordie hero for turning his back on England at the age of 29, so he could fulfil his destiny of winning diddly-squat at St James' Park?
That's the whole point about extremes of weather: there's diddly-squat you can do about it.
All this man has to offer is a heart the size of a lion, unstinting loyalty to a country who's never given him diddly-squat and the courage of ten men.
This was a decision taken in Whitehall by Treasury officials and had precisely diddly-squat to do with Welsh Labour, the Assembly Government nor, indeed, any of their AMs or candidates.
She thinks, as we all do, when we're young that happiness is having a lovely home with all the creature comforts and I know it's easy for me to say who has them all but, in the scheme of things, they matter diddly-squat.
They all know diddly-squat about organising schools, planning curriculum or how to teach, but they all seem to hold the inalienable right to advise teachers on such complex matters with impunity.
Arsenal have lost back-to-back games and therefore William Gallas can say diddly-squat.
He said: "I don't think results in the past count for anything, they mean diddly-squat to today's game.
It's shameful, I know, but there you have it: I've got diddly-squat put by, barely enough for a rainy day and certainly not a rainy week.
So I think Ralf's knowledge of how Williams is run comes under the diddly-squat heading.
NB: Anyone who seriously believes Coleen threw her pounds 25,000 engagement ring into a squirrel sanctuary after discovering Rooney's mucky secret knows diddly-squat about women.
Well, it's that now all right and it means diddly-squat.