give a shit


[shit] Vulgar.
excrement; feces.
an act of defecating; evacuation.
the shits, diarrhea.
Slang. pretense, lies, exaggeration, or nonsense.
Slang. something inferior or worthless.
Slang. a selfish, mean, or otherwise contemptible person.
Slang. narcotic drugs, especially heroin or marijuana.
Slang. possessions, equipment, mementos, etc.; stuff.
verb (used without object), shit or shat, shitting.
to defecate.
verb (used with object), shit or shat, shitting.
Slang. to exaggerate or lie to.
Slang. to defecate in (one's clothes), as from terror or illness; soil (oneself): She was so shocked, she shit her pants!
Slang. (used to express disgust, disappointment, frustration, contempt, or the like.)
give a shit, Slang. (often used in the negative) to care; be concerned: My ex will be at the party with his new girlfriend, but I don't give a shit. Who gives a shit if you're going or not going!
no shit, Slang.
(used to express amazement or incredulity): He got into MIT? No shit!
(used to express one's annoyance with an obvious statement.)
in deep shit, Slang. in trouble: If I don't study for that math test, I'll be in deep shit.
up shit / shit's creek, Slang. in a desperate or hopeless situation; in serious trouble: You'd be up shit's creek if I wasn't here to bail you out, Billy—I'm telling you, this is the last time! Also, up shit/shit's creek without a paddle.

(v.) variant (with short i from past participle or noun) of earlier shite, Middle English shiten, Old English scītan; compare Middle Low German, Middle Dutch schiten (Dutch schijten), Old High German skīzan (German scheissen); (noun) re-formation from the v., or continuation of Old English scite (in place names) Unabridged
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shit (ʃɪt, ʃaɪt)
vb , shits, shitting, shitted, shit, shat
1.  to defecate
2.  slang (usually foll by on) to give the worst possible treatment (to)
3.  faeces; excrement
4.  an act of defecation
5.  rubbish; nonsense
6.  an obnoxious or worthless person
7.  cannabis resin or heroin
8.  in the shit in trouble
9.  the shit hits the fan the real trouble begins
10.  an exclamation expressing anger, disgust, etc
[Old English scite (unattested) dung, scītan to defecate, of Germanic origin; related to Old English scēadan to separate, Old Norse skīta to defecate, Middle Dutch schitte excrement]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. scitan, from P.Gmc. *skit-, from PIE *skheid- "split, divide, separate." Related to shed (v.) on the notion of "separation" from the body (cf. L. excrementum, from excernere "to separate"). It is thus a cousin to science and
conscience. The noun is O.E. scitte "purging;" sense of "excrement" dates from 1585, from the verb. Despite what you read in an e-mail, "shit" is not an acronym. The notion that it is a recent word may be because the word was taboo from c.1600 and rarely appeared in print (neither Shakespeare not the KJV has it), and even in "vulgar" publications of the late 18c. it is disguised by dashes. It drew the wrath of censors as late as 1922 ("Ulysses" and "The Enormous Room"), scandalized magazine subscribers in 1957 (a Hemingway story in "Atlantic Monthly") and was omitted from some dictionaries as recently as 1970 ("Webster's New World"). Extensive slang usage; verb meaning "to lie, to tease" is from 1934; that of "to disrespect" is from 1903. Noun use for "obnoxious person" is since at least 1508; meaning "misfortune, trouble" is attested from 1937. Shat is a humorous past tense form, not etymological, first recorded 18c. Shite, now a jocular or slightly euphemistic variant, formerly a dialectal variant, reflects the vowel in the O.E. verb (cf. Ger. scheissen). Shit-faced "drunk" is 1960s student slang; shit list is from 1942. To not give a shit "not care" is from 1922; up shit creek "in trouble" is from 1937. Scared shitless first recorded 1936.
"The expression [the shit hits the fan] is related to, and may well derive from, an old joke. A man in a crowded bar needed to defecate but couldn't find a bathroom, so he went upstairs and used a hole in the floor. Returning, he found everyone had gone except the bartender, who was cowering behind the bar. When the man asked what had happened, the bartender replied, 'Where were you when the shit hit the fan?' " [Hugh Rawson, "Wicked Words," 1989]
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Idioms & Phrases

give a shit

see under not give a damn.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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