Definition of I'm (or I'll be) damned if in English:

I'm (or I'll be) damned if

phrase

informal
  • Used to express a strong negative.

    ‘I'm damned if I know’
    • ‘I left an irate comment on the blog, but it's obvious the blog owner doesn't come around all that much - and I'm damned if I can find an email link for her on the page anywhere.’
    • ‘And I'm damned if I'm going to identify myself as a Scot - though some of my clan came from there and I do like that blue flag with the diagonal cross.’
    • ‘But I'll be damned if I'm going to start viewing my blog like an English 101 project where I have to go back and correct anything that may take my grade down a bit.’
    • ‘I'm sure when I started writing this there was going to be a point to it but I'm damned if I can remember what it is.’
    • ‘If anyone can suggest where I might have hidden them, do let me know, because I'm damned if I know.’
    • ‘I already own more CDs than most other ‘regular’ people, and I'm damned if I'm gonna put up another shelf when the current one fills up.’
    • ‘This certainly is a pretty space, but I'll be damned if I can figure out if this is a renovation of their existing store at 178 Orchard Street, or a new place altogether.’
    • ‘Having religiously turned out in all weathers, at every election in the last 44 years, I'm damned if I'm going to be subjected to a system that requires me to sign my ballot paper!’
    • ‘Well you never know she may not be the criminal I think she is but I'll be damned if that's so.’
    • ‘We just will not slow down, we know the problem, we know the solution, but I'm damned if we will do anything about it.’