give a damn

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give a damn (third-person singular simple present gives a damn, present participle giving a damn, simple past gave a damn, past participle given a damn)

  1. (sometimes vulgar, chiefly in the negative, idiomatic, informal) To be concerned about, have an interest in, to care (about something).
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:care
    He doesn't give a damn about your child's painting, he's just interested in the gold frame.
    If she actually gave a damn what the law said, she wouldn't have stolen the car in the first place, now would she?