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care a whit

To care just the smallest amount. (A "whit" is an iota.) Often used in the negative. I don't care a whit what the neighbors say, I'm not taking that fence down!
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not one whit

old-fashioned Not at all or in any way. We are not concerned one whit about the inspector's investigation—we have nothing to hide, after all. A: "Do you mind if I tag along this afternoon?" B: "Not one whit!"
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not a whit

old-fashioned Not at all or in any way. We are not concerned a whit about the inspector's investigation—we have nothing to hide, after all. A: "Do you mind if I tag along this afternoon?" B: "Not a whit!"
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never a whit

outdated Not at all or in any way. Sinful thought, though less condemnable than action, is never a whit less morally repugnant.
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to wit

That is; more precisely; namely. Often used in technical or formal writing. The officer testified to having found several grams of a Class B narcotic, to wit, cocaine, on the defendant's person at the time of arrest. The plot is absolutely absurd, such as it is—to wit, an axe-wielding murderer teams up with a cyborg cop to stop an alien invasion.
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didn't care a whit

 and don't care a whit
didn't care at all. Sally thought Joe liked her, but he didn't care a whit about her. I don't care a whit what you do with my old clothes.
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to wit

namely; that is; that is to say. The criminal was punished; to wit, he received a 20-year sentence. Many students, to wit Mary, Bill, Sue, and Anne, complained about their teacher.
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to wit

That is to say, namely, as in There are three good reasons for not going, to wit, we don't want to, we don't have to, and we can't get a reservation . This expression comes from the now archaic verb to wit, meaning "know or be aware of," not heard except in this usage. [Late 1500s]
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not a/one ˈwhit

(old-fashioned) not at all; not the smallest amount: The party leaders care not a whit about the principles of democracy and freedom.
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to ˈwit

(old-fashioned, formal) used when you are about to be more exact about something you have just referred to: I told him I only spoke one foreign language, to wit French.
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to wit

That is to say; namely.
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La musique est veritablement en partage: elle force l'indifference d'une assemblee de paysans ; elle s'ecrit collectivement dans la sequence oo Red et Whit trouvent ensemble les paroles de Honkytonk Man ; elle reunit les Noirs et les Blancs.
Whit said Kemmons' entire speech consisted of that joke, with him and his son allegedly engaged in the dialogue.
A dog area is still in the plans for Whit Carter Park, but city officials have heard from some pet owners who think that park would be too remote.
During the 1940s, Whit Ozier wrote many love songs, some bouncy and some sentimental, in the pop music style of the times.
But now the first elections for the job are being held and Whit finds himself thrown into the public limelight when a killer strikes and he has to investigate the case.
Whit said to Rog: "You're welcome to a lift back, Rogers, but we're stopping a Shades Wine Bar first".
Pollster Whit Ayres said that the survey indicates that New Hampshire Republican primary voters are satisfied with their managed care plans and are more concerned about the federal government making too many, rather than too few changes in the health care system.
The yuppies huddle just before the fade-out of Whit Stillman's The Last Days of Disco, mourning the demise of the great club years and speculating that it may have had something to do with the outbreak of herpes.
To evaluate how these new standards of male heterosexuality were received, Whit focuses on the lives of nine men married to New Women, couples who moved primarily in the elite literary and journalistic circles of the 1920s.
A magazine founded in Vienna in April 1931 by <IR> WHIT BURNETT </IR> and his wife <IR> MARTHA FOLEY </IR> .
NBC4 Southern California today announced that Whit Johnson will join the station this fall.
Back in 1978 it was decided to have an annual Spring Bank Holiday on the last Monday in May every year to replace Whit Monday.
As they move into their new flat, Whit is worried about her hubby's mood and confides in s Johnny that she's scared she's done something wrong.
Teams: 1 N Marske 75; 2 Loftus & Whit 78; 3 N York Moors 210; 4 Mbro & Cleve 226; 5 Marsh Hse 226; 6 Burn Road 239; 7 N Aycliffe 259; 8 Thirsk 361; 9 Scarbro 269; 10 H'pool Triathlon 375.
He then went on to say that for him and for many others it was Whit Monday.