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    not to care a straw for one

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    Gloves and shoes; she had a passion for gloves; but her own daughter, her Elizabeth, cared not a straw for either of them.

    not to care a straw for one = to hold one in no esteem; to defy one as not worth your steel

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.

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    Re: not to care a straw for one

    I've never heard the "not a straw" construction, but it's pretty obvious from the context that's what it means; a quick Google search confirms this. I've also heard similar expressions, such as "care not a whit," which means the same thing. Sounds very regional to me.

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