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

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

It is or may be good, pragmatic, or beneficial to have or do something. A name or personal pronoun can be used between "hurt" and "to." (Also used in the forms "wouldn't hurt," "couldn't hurt," "doesn't hurt," and "can't hurt.") I get that you like doing things your own way, but it won't hurt to have a helping hand now and then. I know that the managers are trying to cut costs, but it won't hurt them to treat the staff to lunch now and then.
See also: hurt

it won’t/wouldn’t ˈhurt somebody to do something

it will/would be better for somebody to do something; it would be a good idea for somebody to do something: It wouldn’t hurt her to walk instead of going in the car all the time.
See also: hurt, somebody, something
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"Why, I've brought you to life," answered the boy "but it won't hurt you any, if you mind me and do as I tell you."
"It won't hurt you to stand," replied Tip; "and, as you can't sleep, you may as well watch out and see that no one comes near to disturb us."
In remote areas, you can't always count on reception (that's the idea, anyway!), but it won't hurt to have it.
You can't force this girl to act friendly, so it won't hurt to make some new friends.
But it won't hurt you to learn that John Cusack stars as Craig Schwartz, a down-on-his-luck New York City puppeteer whose esoteric art keeps audiences away in droves.
And it won't hurt the sales of their next album to have everyone walking around with a big Wu symbol on their backs," he adds.
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