it won't/wouldn't hurt somebody to 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. In this form, 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 wouldn't hurt to (have or do something)

It is or may be good, pragmatic, or beneficial to have or do something. In this form, a name or personal pronoun can be used between "hurt" and "to." (Also used in the forms "won't hurt," "couldn't hurt," "doesn't hurt," and "can't hurt.") I get that you like doing things your own way, but it wouldn'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 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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While you're probably not hurting yourself, it wouldn't hurt to give your knuckles a break (not that kind of break).
Everybody wants to keep playing this year, and it wouldn't hurt to have some playoff experience under your belt.
Also, it wouldn't hurt to have a North American source of natural rubber.
For insurance, it wouldn't hurt to take a daily multivitamin-and-mineral supplement that contains the USRDA, or DV, for zinc--15 mg.
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