do more harm than good

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do more harm than good

To exacerbate the problem, rather than making it better, often in the process of trying to help. I'm worried that I did more harm than good by applying that tourniquet by myself. I should have just waited for the paramedics to get here. Doug means well, but he usually does more harm than good when he tries to help with the sorting.
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Just over a third of the public tends to believe the opposite -- that movement has done more harm than good.