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the public be damned

the public be damned in Culture

The public be damned definition

Words attributed to William H. Vanderbilt, a railroad executive of the late nineteenth century. They were supposedly spoken to a newspaper reporter.

Note: “The public be damned” has often been recalled when business leaders have been accused of shirking responsibility toward the public.
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