(it) doesn't hurt to ask

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(it) doesn't hurt to ask

There is usually no risk to asking a question, since a negative response would be essentially the same result as not asking at all. A: "Do you think he would give me a better deal on this car?" B: "Well, it doesn't hurt to ask."
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(It) doesn't hurt to ask. and (It) never hurts to ask.

a phrase said when one asks a question, even when the answer is known to be no. John: Can I take some of these papers home with me? Jane: No, you can't. You know that. John: Well, it doesn't hurt to ask. Sue: Can I have two of these? Sally: Certainly not! Sue: Well, it never hurts to ask. Sally: Well, it just may!
See also: and, ask, hurt, never
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And it doesn't hurt to ask -- can they refer you to their parents?
Still, it doesn't hurt to ask, so we called the judge's chambers.
I sent Arcadia an email and a link to my work, and asked if they had any group shows,'' he said, adding that he has always believed that it doesn't hurt to ask.
It doesn't hurt to ask The mission of a public library is to serve the needs of the community.
IT'S not in everyone's nature to haggle, but it doesn't hurt to ask for a discount for cash or bulk buys.
It doesn't hurt to ask," said Heyer, who attended the lunch and wore a tie-dyed shirt emblazoned with Boneham's unmistakable, Jerry Garcia-like visage over the words, "Got Fish?
And while its regular rooms are larger than most, under the heading of nothing ventured, nothing gained, it doesn't hurt to ask about an upgrade to an even larger Regency Club room.
It doesn't hurt to ask your doctor to check your hematocrit (the percentage of red blood cells) when you have your annual Pap smear.
Steven Spinola, president of the Real Estate Board of New York, does not believe in the city's current fiscal condition owners will be able to obtain interest, but said it doesn't hurt to ask.
It doesn't hurt to ask someone who looks gloomy if they are all right.
Mary Baker-Wood, director of the Richard Sugden Library in Spencer, learned recently that it doesn't hurt to ask.
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