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 Dalmat’icaDam’age. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Dam.
 
An Indian copper coin, the fortieth part of a rupee. Hence the expression “Not worth a dam”; similarly “not worth a farthing,” “not worth a rap” (q.v.); “not worth a sou,” “not worth a stiver,” etc.   1
 


 Dalmat’icaDam’age. 

 
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