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  • n. A tinker's damn.


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  • Wasn't this originally "tinker's dam(n)? The dam was apparently a wad of clay to contain solder while it hardened, and, being worthless, was used in the same sense as "fig" as in "don't give as ...". Timid souls would use it as a euphemism for "damn" in the profane sense.

    February 16, 2011