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- (chiefly US slang, idiomatic) To care about; to place value on something.
- Synonyms: see Thesaurus:care
- 1909 July 1, Jenkins, Wilberforce, “A True Philosopher”, in Munsey's Magazine, volume 41, number 4, Light Verse, page 595:
- I don't care for a glorious name— / I wouldn't give a hoot for fame;
- 1971 September 15, United States Forest Service:
- Give a hoot — don't pollute!
to care about — see give a shit