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it wouldn't do (someone) any harm (to do something)

It would or may be good, pragmatic, or beneficial for someone (to do something). You know, it wouldn't do you any harm to comb your hair from time to time. I know that the managers are trying to cut costs, but it wouldn't do them any harm to treat us to a staff lunch every once in a while. Jonathan should try and spend more time with his mother. It wouldn't do him any harm, after all.
See also: any, harm

there is no harm in (someone's) doing (something)

Doing something may be good, pragmatic, or beneficial, and will not cause any problems or harm. The contractor might not be willing to go any lower on the price, but there's no harm in asking. Sure, you might not be accepted for the PhD program, but there's no harm in your trying, is there?
See also: harm

it does no harm (for someone) to do (something)

Doing something may be good, pragmatic, or beneficial, and will not cause any problems or harm. The contractor might not be willing to go any lower on the price, but it does no harm to ask. Sure, you might not be accepted for the PhD program, but it does no harm for you to try, does it?
See also: does, harm

come to harm

to experience something bad; to get damaged or harmed. I sincerely hope that you do not come to harm. I hope no one comes to harm.
See also: come, harm

*in harm's way

Fig. liable to be harmed; subject to potential causes of harm. (*Typically: be ~; get ~; put someone ~.) Soldiers are expected to know what to do when they are in harm's way.
See also: way

No harm done.

It is all right. No one or nothing has been harmed. It's okay. No harm done. A: I am sorry I stepped on your toe. B: No harm done.
See also: done, harm

*out of harm's way

Fig. not liable to be harmed; away from any causes of harm. (*Typically: be ~; get ~; get someone ~.) We should try to get all the civilians out of harm's way.
See also: of, out, way

do more harm than good

to be damaging rather than helpful Giving children too much freedom often does more harm than good.
Usage notes: usually said about things that are intended to be helpful but do not have a good result
See also: good, harm, more

no harm, no foul

there is no problem if no serious damage was done In his excitement, he deleted all the files, but they were restored later from a backup copy - no harm, no foul.
Etymology: from the use of this phrase in basketball (a sport) to say that if an action that is against the rules has no effect on the results of the game, there should be no foul (punishment)
See also: foul

wouldn't harm/hurt a fly

if you say that someone wouldn't hurt a fly, you mean that they are a gentle person and that they would not do anything to injure or upset anyone Damian just isn't the violent type. He wouldn't hurt a fly.
See fly the flag, let fly, fly the nest
See also: fly, harm

harm a hair on somebody's head

to hurt someone (often negative) He adores the girl - he wouldn't harm a hair on her head. If he so much as harms a hair on her head, I won't be responsible for my actions.
See wouldn't harm a fly
See also: hair, harm, head, on

do someone wrong

Also, do someone damage or harm . Injure someone; be unfaithful or disloyal; act unjustly or unfairly toward someone. For example, John's done me wrong, and I intend to tell him so, or She did him real damage when she started that rumor: The first term dates from the late 1300s; the substitutions of damage and harm are newer. However, while these locutions are still current, a more common modern usage is to turn them into verbal phrases-that is, wrong someone, harm someone, damage someone.
See also: wrong

out of harm's way

In a safe condition or place, as in We fenced the yard to keep the children out of harm's way. This idiom was first recorded about 1661.
See also: of, out, way
References in classic literature ?
But see the consequence:--Many a man who is ignorant of human nature has friends who are bad friends, and in that case he ought to do harm to them; and he has good enemies whom he ought to benefit; but, if so, we shall be saying the very opposite of that which we affirmed to be the meaning of Simonides.
And instead of saying simply as we did at first, that it is just to do good to our friends and harm to our enemies, we should further say: It is just to do good to our friends when they are good and harm to our enemies when they are evil?
I believe that Periander or Perdiccas or Xerxes or Ismenias the Theban, or some other rich and mighty man, who had a great opinion of his own power, was the first to say that justice is `doing good to your friends and harm to your enemies.
And while Teeka guarded suspiciously against harm, where there was no harm, she failed to note two baleful, yellow-green eyes staring fixedly at her from behind a clump of bushes at the opposite side of the clearing.
Barnaby's mother pleaded guilty to the accusation, and hoped there was no harm in it.
More than 4,000 HARMs have been employed in combat.
AN NHS Trust's work to ensure that its service users are free from harm has been given top marks.
Harms and his wife Laurie of Charlton, Donna Hayes and her husband James of Leicester, Russell G.
Underpinning all this was a definition that this was an act with a nonfatal outcome which was initiated deliberately by individuals with the intention of causing harm to themselves," Dr.
It may be difficult to justify unexpected harms that happen after prescribing an agent with very limited or no benefit.
The Problem of Harm in World Politics: Theoretical Investigations, Andrew Linklater (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011), 320 pp.
While the old commitment standard was frequently interpreted, correctly or incorrectly, as requiring that the harm be imminent, harms that are reasonably expected to occur months or even years from now could be the basis for commitment under the new law.
Although self harm is often a secretive and lonely act, the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy has identified key behaviours to look for if you have concerns that someone close to you may be harming themselves.
Most countries in the region responded to the increasing injection drug use with repressive measures that served to aggravate rather than alleviate harm related to drug use.
wrongdoing involved in inflicting grave harms on others cannot be