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do (one) a disservice

To do something that hinders or is detrimental to one. You'll really do your kids a disservice if you cater to their every whim.
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do somebody a disˈservice

do something that harms somebody and the opinion that other people have of them: The minister’s comments do teachers a great disservice.
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Hagen: I think one of the biggest disservices to the public is so-called consumer groups with a clearly stated preference for an exclusive social insurance program telling people to wait until quality products are available.
Encouraging them in this may, in fact, prove to be a disservice to them.