throw the baby out with the bath water


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throw the baby out with the bath water

to get rid of the good parts as well as the bad parts of something when you are trying to improve it I don't think we should throw the baby out with the bath water. There are some good features of the present system that I think we should retain.
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throw the baby out with the bath water

Slang
To discard something valuable along with something not desired, usually unintentionally.
See also: baby, bath, out, throw, water
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are trying to throw the baby out with the bath water.
Hence the expression: "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water.
You've heard the admonition, "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water.
Don't throw the baby out with the bath water,'' warned Bruce Doering, executive director of the International Cinematographers Guild.
You don't want to throw the baby out with the bath water,'' he said.