diddly-squat

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The Random House Historical Dictionary of American Slang suggests that this is a variation of doodly-squat from 1934. Doodly-squat was originally the more common form, but diddly-squat overtook it in the mid-1970s, and is now four times more common in print.

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diddly-squat (uncountable)

  1. (US slang, often humorous) Nothing; nothing whatsoever.

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