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(it) never hurts to ask
There is usually no risk to asking a question, since a negative response would be effectively 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 never hurts to ask." It never hurts to ask. Maybe they'll even give you a raise! A: "I wonder if Miss Fisher would give me an extension on this assignment." B: "Well, she's notoriously strict, but I guess it never hurts 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!
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