do more harm than good

do more harm than good

To try to help but create more problems in the process. I'm worried that I did more harm than good by applying that tourniquet by myself. I should have just waited for the paramedics to get here.
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In fact, experts said rat traps with poisoned bait do more harm than good.
What you eat and drink before a race can do more harm than good unless you make sure that all the food and drink consumed is completely digested.