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don't throw the baby out with the bathwater

Don't discard something valuable or important while disposing of something worthless. Why are we scrapping the entire project? Come on, don't throw the baby out with the bathwater.
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throw out the baby with the bathwater

To discard something valuable or important while disposing of something considered worthless, especially an outdated idea or form of behavior. The phrase is often used in the negative as a warning against such thoughtless behavior. Why are we scrapping the entire project? Come on, don't throw out the baby with the bathwater.
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throw the baby out with the bathwater

To discard something valuable or important while disposing of something worthless. The phrase is often used in the negative as a warning against such thoughtless behavior. Why are we scrapping the entire project? Come on, don't throw the baby out with the bathwater. The main reforms of the movement were desperately needed, but I'm afraid we threw the baby out with the bathwater in many cases.
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Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater.

Prov. Do not discard something valuable in your eagerness to get rid of some useless thing associated with it. Jill: As long as I'm selling all the books Grandpa had, I might s well sell the bookcases, too. Jane: Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater. You can use the bookcases for something else.
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throw the baby out with the bathwater

discard something valuable along with other things that are inessential or undesirable.
This phrase is based on a German saying recorded from the early 16th century but not introduced into English until the mid 19th century, by Thomas Carlyle . He identified it as German and gave it in the form, ‘You must empty out the bathing-tub, but not the baby along with it.’
1998 New Scientist It is easy to throw out the baby with the bathwater when it comes to UFO books—there are some seriously bad titles out there.
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throw the ˌbaby out with the ˈbathwater

(informal) lose something that you want at the same time as you are trying to get rid of something that you do not want: It’s stupid to say that the old system of management was all bad; there were some good things about it. The baby was thrown out with the bathwater.
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His book argues that we need to make a clear distinction between the bouncing baby and the (at times) dirty bathwater.
As customers continue to evolve, and CRM tools become more distant from those initial operational and analytical tools of their infancy, make sure to include the new versions of these tools and strategies in your plans--and don't make the mistake of throwing out the CRM baby with the bathwater.
We present 2 cases of females presenting with what could be considered urinary leakage, but is actually secondary to vaginal entrapment of bathwater.
The presence and levels of these chemical agents in bathwater should be cause for concern, bearing in mind that babies spend up to 15 minutes or more a day playing in the bath and that they can absorb these and other chemicals not only through their skin, but also by inhalation and often ingestion, intentional or not," Llompart said.
While the article is very good and also correct, we must not throw the baby out with the bathwater.
she's raised, glazed in bathwater, making a splash.
To test for the effects of adult chemical signals that may induce settlement, and their specificity, bathwater solutions were prepared as described in detail by Tamburri et al.
There are times when one feels Durang is using the stage to vent his own therapeutic issues, especially actor's anxiety in "The Actor's Nightmare" and parental abuse in "Baby With the Bathwater," but for the most part he avoids soggy self-indulgence with blistering imagination.
In defending our freedom, it is important not to throw out the baby with the bathwater.
The temptation to discard important values of the past leaves us mindful of the proverbial warning: "Don't throw out the baby with the bathwater.
I solar heat the bathwater in black, 1 gallon, plastic, antifreeze containers which I place in plastic foam coolers, covered with glass instead of the lid.
The Niagara tub also features an anti-scald device that accurately measures the bathwater temperature and automatically shuts off the hot water if it gets too hot.
Sometimes you can throw the baby out with the bathwater.
2 -- color) Products from Munchkin include a ducky wearing a firefighter's hat, upper left, that can measure bathwater temperature, and a new item, The Cupsicle, right, an insulated spill-proof drinking container that can be frozen.
If one protests too much, it is because this complexity, where it does occur, is all too readily discarded with the bad-boy bathwater.