throw out the baby with the bathwater
phrasal to discard or lose something useful or beneficial in the process of discarding or rejecting something unwanted

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Throw out the baby with the bath water — is an idiomatic expression used to suggest an avoidable error in which something good is eliminated when trying to get rid of something bad,[1] or in other words, rejecting the essential along with the inessential.[2] A slightly different… …   Wikipedia

  • throw out the baby with the bathwater — informal : to get rid of something you want while trying to get rid of something you do not want If you ignore her message because you don t like the way she presents it, you will be throwing out the baby with the bathwater. • • • Main Entry:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • baby with the bathwater, throw out the —  Be over zealous, esp. in reform or change, so that the valuable is disposed of as well as the less valuable …   A concise dictionary of English slang

  • throw the baby out with the bathwater — To get rid of the essential along with the superfluous • • • Main Entry: ↑baby * * * throw the baby out with the bathwater phrase to get rid of the good and useful aspects of something without intending to, while you try to get rid of its… …   Useful english dictionary

  • throw\ the\ baby\ out\ with\ the\ bathwater — • throw the baby out with the bath • throw the baby out with the bathwater v. phr. To reject all of something because part is faulty. God knows that there are weaknesses in the program, but if they act too hastily they may cause the baby to be… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • throw\ the\ baby\ out\ with\ the\ bath — • throw the baby out with the bath • throw the baby out with the bathwater v. phr. To reject all of something because part is faulty. God knows that there are weaknesses in the program, but if they act too hastily they may cause the baby to be… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • throw the baby out with the bathwater — ► throw the baby out with the bathwater discard something valuable along with things that are undesirable. Main Entry: ↑baby …   English terms dictionary

  • throw the baby out with the bath (bathwater) — {v. phr.} To reject all of something because part is faulty. * /God knows that there are weaknesses in the program, but if they act too hastily they may cause the baby to be thrown out with the bathwater./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • throw the baby out with the bath (bathwater) — {v. phr.} To reject all of something because part is faulty. * /God knows that there are weaknesses in the program, but if they act too hastily they may cause the baby to be thrown out with the bathwater./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • throw the baby out with the bathwater — verb To discard something valuable, often inadvertently, in the process of removing waste. They cancelled the entire project because the new management didnt like the prototype, but I think they threw the baby out with the bathwater …   Wiktionary

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