need/want somebody/something like a hole in the head
need something like a hole in the heador
need something like you need a hole in the headINFORMAL
If you say that you need something or someone like a hole in the head or like you need a hole in the head, you mean that you do not need or want them at all. I need more publicity like a hole in the head. We need an interest rate rise like we need a hole in the head. Note: This is said to be a translation of a Yiddish expression. It became more widely known following the play `A Hole in the Head' (1957) by Arnold Schulman, and a film of the same name starring Frank Sinatra (1959).