it doesn't hurt to (have or do something)

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it doesn't hurt to (have or do something)

It is or may be good, pragmatic, or beneficial to have or do something. (Also used in the forms "wouldn't hurt," "couldn't hurt," and "can't hurt.") I get that you like doing things your own way, but it doesn't hurt to have a helping hand now and then. I know that the managers are trying to cut costs, but it wouldn't hurt to treat the staff to lunch now and then.
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"When people say it doesn't hurt us, as players, that hurts the most because we don't want to go out and lose every week.
Hitting and kicking simply aren't acceptable behaviors--even if it doesn't hurt. Talk to your mom again.
It doesn't hurt to try vitamin C--about 1,000 mg a day--once you feel that sore throat or reach for the tissues.
Besides working to make sure the convention helps Bush, he's also been working to make sure it doesn't hurt Bloomberg, who next year will be running for reelection in a city that has become a bastion of Bush-hatred.
At the same time, it doesn't hurt to get a reader laughing.
But you know given a little patience and some rest, usually the swelling will subside, the pain will lessen to an ache, and the day will come when you notice that it doesn't hurt anymore.
And it doesn't hurt that a quality art collection tends to appreciate.
"It doesn't hurt the fact that Barneys brings the type of people who buy not only from Barneys but buy in a retail environment from the neighborhood.
"It doesn't hurt you in the least," he adds; in fact, some diners might even consider it a protein bonus.
If Charlie's Angels hit it big at the box office two years ago, it must follow that America is starving for big-screen versions of "Scooby Doo" and "Starsky and Hutch." And now that Xers are hitting the age when they're able to call the shots at movie and television studios, they want to mark their own territory--and it doesn't hurt to do it in ways that stick it to their elders.
But it doesn't hurt to ask your orthodontist if he's trained to use Invisalign.
In the meantime, it doesn't hurt to minimize trans.
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