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diddly-squat

[did-lee-skwot] /ˈdɪd liˌskwɒt/
noun, Slang.
Origin of diddly-squat
probably euphemistic variant of diddlyshit
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diddly-squat

/ˌdɪdlɪˈskwɒt/
pronoun
1.
(US & Canadian, informal) (usually used with a negative) anything: that doesn't mean diddly-squat
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Slang definitions & phrases for diddly-squat

diddly

adjective

Trivial; insignificant: Tennis was a diddly sport back then/ If you had a choice between IBM or a diddly-squirt upstart

noun

Nothing at all; very little; zilch: Rock critics don't mean diddley/ I don't know a diddly damn about theater/ And Hannibal, he didn't do diddly-squat/ They take this very seriously. It isn't just ''diddley-eye'' to them (1960s+)

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not give a damn, not know beans

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