give a fig

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

  1. (informal, negative) To care what someone else thinks or does, particularly in relation to what they think or say about the speaker.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:care
    I couldn't give a fig!
    • 1959, Steam's Finest Hour, edited by David P. Morgan, Kalmbach Publishing Co., page 28:
      The railroads owned by U.S. Steel have never given a fig for prestige so long as their owner's ore was hauled to the mills economically.