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a cure worse than the ailment
1. Literally, any drug, surgery, procedure, etc., used to cure or mitigate a disease or ailment that ultimately leads to worse symptoms than the original condition caused or might have caused. While the drug has proven to be effective in combating the ailment, it has also been shown to ravage the body in other, more devastating ways. It seems at this point like a cure worse than the ailment. I dreaded starting chemotherapy because I'd heard it was a cure worse than the ailment. Paul had to rehab for so long after his knee replacement surgery that it began to feel like a cure worse than the ailment.
2. By extension, a solution to a problem or crisis that leads to worse conditions overall than the original problem did or would have. The board of directors' plan to deal with the economic downturn is to reduce the entire company to a skeleton crew. I know drastic action needs to be taken, but we want to make sure this isn't a cure worse than the ailment! I know you want to stimulate the financial sector, but repealing federal regulations would be a cure worse than the ailment. Yeah, personal bankruptcy is an option, but with how much that affects your credit score for years to come, it might just be a cure worse than the ailment.
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