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

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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
References in classic literature ?
it does no harm, and it only keeps a man by the heels for the small matter of two glasses”
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