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couldn't care less
(One) does not care about something at all. Fine, I couldn't care less what you do! Good riddance! You're going out with my ex-boyfriend? Great—couldn't care less.
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couldn't care less
Also, could care less. Be completely indifferent. For example, Pick whatever dessert you want; I couldn't care less, or I could care less about the editor's opinion . This expression originated about 1940 in Britain and for a time invariably used couldn't. About 1960 could was occasionally substituted, and today both versions are used with approximately equal frequency, despite their being antonyms.
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couldn’t care ˈless(informal) used to say, often rudely, that you are not at all interested in or concerned about something: I couldn’t care less if I fail my exams — I don’t want to go to college anyway.
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I could(n’t) care less
sent. I don’t care!; I don’t care to the maximum amount, and it is, therefore, impossible to care any less. (The affirmative version does not make sense, but is widely used, nonetheless.) So you’re late. I couldn’t care less.
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couldn't care less, he/I/she
It doesn’t matter one bit; describing total indifference. The term originated in Great Britain, probably in the late 1930s, and was very popular by the 1940s. It not only expressed bored indifference but, during World War II, bravado. An informal history of civilian ferry pilots during the war by Anthony Phelps was entitled I Couldn’t Care Less (1946). In the mid-1960s the term was unaccountably changed by some Americans to I could care less, possibly influenced by the locution I should care, also meaning “I don’t care.” It, too, is now a cliché. Another variation recorded by Eric Partridge was I couldn’t care fewer, which, however, was short-lived.
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