A book on function words contains the example sentence:

管他说什么呢, 你不听不就得了。

The first part is simple: 管他说什么呢 = "no matter what" s.o. says (管 as conjunction). The second part however is unclear to me. Is there some special pattern, complement or whatever contained?

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The components are:

  • 你不听: "you don't listen", of course.
  • 不就 ... (吗): colloquial element, "isn't just that...?", "nothing other than..."
    (analyzed into 就 + rhetorical question)
  • 得了: colloquial element, "fine with it", "enough"

Put all together:

lit. You don't listen to him, then isn't it just fine?
"Why don't you just ignore him!" or "Is there any problem with ignoring him?"

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