bugger-all

[ buhg-er-awl, boog- ]
/ ˈbʌg ərˈɔl, ˈbʊg- /

noun Chiefly British Slang.

absolutely nothing; nothing at all: Those reckless investments left him with bugger-all.

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Origin of bugger-all

First recorded in 1935–40; noun use of the exclamation bugger all!
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