tinker's dam
noun see tinker's damn

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • tinker's dam — noun something of little value his promise is not worth a damn not worth one red cent not worth shucks • Syn: ↑damn, ↑darn, ↑hoot, ↑red cent, ↑shit, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • tinker's dam — 1. See tinker s damn. 2. (in plumbing) a barrier for retaining molten solder within a certain area until it has cooled. [1875 80] * * * …   Universalium

  • not\ worth\ a\ tinker's\ dam — • not worth a tinker s dam • not worth a tinker s damn adj. phr. informal Not worth anything; valueless. As a bricklayer he was not worth a tinker s damn. I am not familiar with the subject so my opinion would not be worth a tinker s dam …   Словарь американских идиом

  • not worth a tinker's dam — This means that something is worthless and dates back to when someone would travel around the countryside repairing things such as a kitchen pot with a hole in it. He was called a tinker . His dam was used to stop the flow of soldering material… …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • not worth a tinker's dam — Meaning Worthless. Origin Dams are the small amounts of solder used to repair pewter ware …   Meaning and origin of phrases

  • tinker's damn — or tinker s dam n. [< TINKER + DAMN: with reference to the lowly status and reputed profane speech of tinkers] something of no value: now chiefly in the phrase not worth a tinker s damn …   English World dictionary

  • tinker's damn — noun something of little value his promise is not worth a damn not worth one red cent not worth shucks • Syn: ↑damn, ↑darn, ↑hoot, ↑red cent, ↑shit, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • tinker's damn — 1. the least value or merit; nothing or anything at all: It s not worth a tinker s damn. 2. care or give a tinker s damn, to have or feel little or no concern; be unaffected or unmoved: I don t care a tinker s damn for their opinions. Also,… …   Universalium

  • tinker's damn — also tinker s dam noun Etymology: probably from the tinkers reputation for blasphemy Date: 1839 a minimum amount or degree (as of care) < didn t give a tinker s damn about poetry James Blish > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • tinker's damn — tin′ker s damn′ (or dam′) n. cvb the least bit; hoot; damn: not worth a tinker s damn[/ex] • Etymology: 1830–40; from tinkers alleged habit of cursing frequently (hence weakening the force of a curse) …   From formal English to slang

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