I'm a Dutchman if I do. A strong refusal. During the rivalry
between England and Holland, the word Dutch was synonymous with all
that was false and hateful, and when a man said, “I would rather be a
Dutchman than do what you ask me,” he used the strongest term of
refusal that words could express.
If not, I'm a Dutchman,
means, I will do it or I will call myself a Dutchman. Well, I'm
An exclamation of strong incredulity.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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