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never (you) mind (something)
Don't worry or bother about something. Never mind his remarks—he's just jealous. I want to get this for your kids, never mind the cost!
1. Disregard that; don't worry or bother yourself about it. A: "What did you say?" B: "Never mind, it wasn't important."
2. Especially not, considering what was just said. He can barely write a coherent email, never mind an entire book!
Forget it!; It's not important! Sally. What did you say? Jane: Never mind! It wasn't important. John: I tried to get the book you wanted, but they didn't have it. Shall I try another store? Mary: No, never mind.
See also: never
1. Don't worry about something, don't trouble yourself, it doesn't matter. For example, Never mind what I said, it wasn't important, or Never mind, you can always take the driver's test again. This expression employs mind in the sense of "care about something," a usage dating from the late 1700s.
2. Also, never you mind. Don't concern yourself with that, it's none of your business, as in Never you mind where I plan to buy the new TV. [Early 1800s]
never mind1 used to urge someone not to feel anxiety or distress. 2 used to suggest that a problem or objection is not important. 3 also never you mind used in refusing to answer a question. 4 used to indicate that what has been said about one thing applies even more to another.
1 (especially British English) used to tell somebody not to worry or be upset: You failed your driving test? Never mind, the best drivers always fail the first time.
2 used to suggest that something is not important: This isn’t the place I wanted to take you to — but never mind, it’s just as good.
3 used to emphasize that what is true about the first thing you have said is even more true about the second: I never thought she’d win once, never mind twice!
phr. Forget it.; It doesn’t matter anymore. Never mind. I forget what I was going to say.
1. Don't bother: I was hoping for some help, but never mind, I'll do it alone.
2. Not to mention; and certainly not: I can't tread water, never mind swim.
Used to tell someone not to be concerned or worried.