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doggone it
My co-worker was wondering where the phrase doggone it came from. I said I know just who to ask. Don't let me down.
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earnshaw2002 answers:

It's an expression that dates back to the 1850s and is another word for "damned"!

" I'm gonna git that Doggone cat!" is another way of saying "I'm going to get that Damned cat!"

Please pardon my poor American.


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englishdanny answers:

It means to damn. It's an alteration of "God Damn it" in the same fashion of people saying, "Goodness gracious" instead of "Good God".

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tim.beasley answers:

Earnshaw doggone beat me to it!


There's even evidence to indicate that "doggone" has nothing to do with dogs and everything to do with a garbled attempt to modify "God damn."

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