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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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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.
Settlement responses to the bathwater and control solutions were examined using assays similar to those described earlier.
That's the basic setup of "Baby With the Bathwater," a "kooky dark comedy" by Christopher Durang.
It may be now that women are realizing they shouldn't have thrown the baby out with the bathwater, says Carol Landau, PhD, a clinical professor of psychiatry and human behavior at Brown Medical School in Providence, RI, whose clinical practice focuses on menopausal women.
What is in the garbage documents is that Disney committed fraud and the judge has thrown out the baby with the bathwater.
If not, this will be a classic case of throwing the baby out with the bathwater.
and countries around the world not to throw the baby out with the bathwater by including therapeutic use of stem cells in their rush to ban human cloning.
Paul Barber, the FA's director of marketing and communications, revealed: ``A big percentage of supporters are thoroughly decent people and we don't want to throw the baby out with the bathwater, but we want the big minority of trouble-makers to be removed.
Yet, if the positive potential of blogs is not understood, it is easy to throw out babies with bathwater.
The mainstream acceptance that comes with having been awarded poetry's prestigious Lenore Marshall prize for her previous book, Bathwater Wine, has not resulted in a diminution of her common sensibilities.
and it is hard to imagine that a hip dude from the '70s would have left the "baby" out with the bathwater.
Be careful when making very dark salts; until they are diluted in your bathwater they may stain light-colored towels and clothing.
I have three wings," observes the persona of one of the sonnets in Coleman's new collection Bathwater Wine, only to ask "with whom do i flock?
Although they might well express the sentiment of many restorationists in the hierarchy and elsewhere who regularly bemoan that we've thrown the baby out with the bathwater (or the Baltimore catechism)--or demand that recalcitrant theologians and laity toe the company line on contraception, homosexuality, women's ordination, abortion, and divorce.
Abraham, who already has an illegitimate son, wants to make sure he doesn't throw out the baby with the bathwater here (that, or he's making a little moral wiggle room for himself).