how (something) can you be?

(redirected from how selfish, stupid, ungrateful, etc. can you be?)

how (something) can you be?

Used rhetorically to indicate that someone or something shows an extraordinary amount of some negative characteristic or trait. Now the banks are talking about selling off people's mortgages to vulture funds to make a quick buck. How greedy can you be? My roommate turned off the house's water boiler over the winter break because he thought it would save energy, but all the pipes burst and the entire house flooded. Man, how dumb can you be?
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