Idiom:  someone couldn’t care less

Definition

Idiom:  someone couldn’t care less

  • to not care about something


Note:

Many people use "could care less" but this doesn't make sense.  If you could care less it would mean that you have some amount of caring left to give--that's not what this expression is intended.

However, this form is commonly used so don't be surprised if you hear it, especially in spoken English.


Example sentences

  • I couldn't care less if all of my friends smoke. I’ll never do it because it’s bad for my health.
  • The salesperson is so slow it's obvious she couldn't care less if we buy anything or not.
  • My wife wanted to know if we should paint our house gray or blue but I honestly couldn't care less.
  • My parents couldn't care less what I do on the weekends as long as I get good grades and stay out of trouble.
  • We couldn't care less about your video game competition. Turn off your computer and go to sleep.
  • I couldn't care less what we have for dinner as long as we get something to eat soon. I'm so hungry I'm about to pass out.
  • It's so annoying that you couldn't care less about anything—I'm so tired of having to make all the plans and decisions in this relationship.
  • First you said you couldn't care less where we eat and now that I've made a reservation you decide you hate Thai food.


Synonyms

  • don't give a damn (slang: offensive)


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