worth a... phr.
listed below are a number of adv. phrs., used to mean to any degree whatsoever, which differ from the occas. adj. uses which are positive inversions of the usual not worth a...; see also under not worth a...
(Aus./US) a general negative intensifer, at all, to the least degree, e.g. you ain’t helping your Mom worth a cent (cf. not worth a cent phr.).
|Major Downing 23: They don’t seem to rip up worth a cent [DA].|
|Atlanta Constitution 15 Feb. 5/3: As the slang phrase of the present day goes, he didn’t impeach worth a cent.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 31 Jan. 18/4: Dickens could not exaggerate worth a cent.|
|World of Graft 143: There are reports in this office that don’t help out your reputations worth a cent.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 26 July 36/2: [H]e had tried to haul the member out by the collar, and the collar had bust, and [...] he had tried to shove the member and he wouldn’t shove worth a copper!|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 6 Dec. 13/4: Compared with the Hindoo, the Greek, and the miscellaneous Levantine the Chinaman can’t lie worth 2d., and his persistence in following a business for which he is quite unfitted is lamentable.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 15 Oct. 30/3: He isn’t allowed to correspond worth 2d.|
|Lonely Plough (1931) 108: It wouldn’t take more than a cent’s worth of shove to set his lordship against the Lugg.|
|Sudden 30: If we had a marshal worth a busted nickel, yu’d be stretchin’ hemp right now.|
|In This Corner (1974) 90: I’m talking 1925, was when life was like three cents, especially around Chicago.in Heller|
at all, to any degree whatsoever (cf. not worth a damn phr.).
|Hermit in America on Visit to Phila. 2nd Ser. 26: The loser ripped out a volley [...] could’nt play worth a d--n, — and must go home and live on Adam’s ale.|
|Powers That Prey 256: I knew ’t I couldn’t steal worth a damn.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 13 Dec. 27/3: My throat’s that dry and sticky / I can’t swear worth a curse.|
|Story Omnibus (1966) 220: You can’t fight worth a damn!‘Corkscrew’|
|I Can Get It For You Wholesale 118: They haven’t had a line worth a damn in I don’t know how many years.|
|Catcher in the Rye (1958) 105: When I was in bed I couldn’t pray worth a damn.|
|Three Negro Plays (1969) I ii: I don’t think you’re funny worth a damn!Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window in|
|Carlito’s Way 7: I couldn’t sing worth a damn.|
|Point of Origin (1999) 191: And to be honest, I don’t like that worth a damn, either.|
at all, to any degree whatsoever (cf. not worth a good goddam phr.).
|Chosen Few (1966) 155: He says you two don’t get along worth a good damn.|
at all, to any degree whatsoever (cf. not worth a shit phr.).
|Sel. Letters (1981) 135: I’m having a period of not being able to do anything worth a shit after this last story.letter 20 Nov. in Baker|
|Come Monday Morning 82: You don’t talk worth a shit.|
|(con. 1998–2000) You Got Nothing Coming 137: O.G., you know I can’t write worth a shit.|
at all, to any degree whatsoever (cf. not worth a turd phr.).
|‘You Fair, Who Play Tricks’ in Merry Songs and Ballads (1897) V 198: ’Tis no wonder your Clyster dont prove worth a T--d.|
|Burlesque Homer (3rd edn) 213: Which will not turn out worth a t--.|
|Burlesque Homer (4th edn) I 286: Which will not turn out worth a t--d.|
(US) valuable; see also under not worth a... phr.
|Confessions of a Con Man 69: Only one elephant in this show is worth a whoop.|
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