Idioms

Origin of damn

1250–1300; Middle English dam(p)nen < Old French dam(p)ner < Latin damnāre to condemn, derivative of damnum damage, fine, harm
SYNONYMS FOR damn
Related formsdamn·er, nounpre·damn, verb (used with object)
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British Dictionary definitions for give a damn

Word Origin for damn

C13: from Old French dampner, from Latin damnāre to injure, condemn, from damnum loss, injury, penalty
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Idioms and Phrases with give a damn (1 of 2)

give a damn

see not give a damn.


Idioms and Phrases with give a damn (2 of 2)

damn

In addition to the idioms beginning with damn

  • damned if I do, damned if I don't
  • damn well
  • damn with faint praise

also see:

  • do one's damnedest
  • give a damn
  • not worth a dime (tinker's damn)

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