bupkis

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From Yiddish באָבקעס ‎(bobkes), plural of באָבקע ‎(bobke, goat or sheep dropping), from באָב ‎(bob, bean) +‎ ־קע ‎(-ke), from Proto-Slavic *bobъ.

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bupkis ‎(uncountable)

  1. Absolutely nothing; nothing of value, significance, or substance.
    We searched for hours and found bupkis.

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  • Often translated as meaning small round fecal pellets, referring to the shape of goat droppings. A colorful usage, though a more emphatic expression (in Yiddish more so than in English) is "bupkis mit kaduchas" (באָבקעס מיט קדחת ‎(bobkes mit kadokhes), translating roughly to "shivering shit balls".

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