tinker's dam


(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

Definition for tinker's dam (2 of 2)

tinker's damn

or tinker's dam


the least value or merit; nothing or anything at all: It's not worth a tinker's damn.

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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British Dictionary definitions for tinker's dam

tinker's damn

tinker's cuss


slang the slightest heed (esp in the phrase not give a tinker's damn or cuss)
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