- tinker's damn.
- (in plumbing) a barrier for retaining molten solder within a certain area until it has cooled.
Origin of tinker's dam
First recorded in 1875–80
or tinker's dam
- the least value or merit; nothing or anything at all: It's not worth a tinker's damn.
- care/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.
Origin of tinker's damn
First recorded in 1830–40; from tinkers' alleged habit of cursing frequently (hence weakening the force of a curse)
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- slang the slightest heed (esp in the phrase not give a tinker's damn or cuss)
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