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adverb impolite     damn pronunciation in British English

or damned     damned pronunciation in British English

  1. used for emphasizing what you are saying, especially when you are annoyed about something

    She works damn hard.

    He’s a damn good teacher.

    damn well:

    You’ll damn well do as you’re told!

    know damn well:

    Why did you paint it green? You know damn well I don’t like green.

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