selfish


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How (something) can you be?

A rhetorical question used to indicate that someone or something shows an extraordinary amount of some negative characteristic or trait. Now the banks are talking about selling off people's mortgages to vulture funds to make a quick buck. How greedy can you be? My roommate turned off the house's hot water heater over the winter break because he thought it would save energy, but all the pipes burst and the entire house flooded. Man, how dumb can you be?
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How (something) can you get?

A rhetorical question used to indicate that someone or something shows an extraordinary amount of some negative characteristic or trait. Now the banks are talking about selling off people's mortgages to vulture funds to make a quick buck. How greedy can you get? My roommate turned off the house's hot water heater over the winter break because he thought it would save energy, but all the pipes burst and the entire house flooded. Man, how dumb can you get?
See also: can, how

how selfish, stupid, ungrateful, etc. can you ˈget?

(spoken) used to express surprise or disapproval that somebody has been so selfish, stupid, etc: I can’t believe he didn’t even say thank you. How ungrateful can you get?
See also: can, how
References in classic literature ?
I suppose it is partly our fault that they are selfish, and act like spoiled children; but I've talked to St.
Clare means well, I am bound to believe; but men are constitutionally selfish and inconsiderate to woman.
A woman in UAE appeared in court on Monday after a case was filed against her for allegedly calling her brother-in-law selfish. The complaint had been filed by a man against his wife's sister after she told him that he was selfish.
Father-of-three Jason Lawrance contacted thousands of women on Match.com or its partner company Dating Direct between 2009 and 2014, attacking 12 of them to "satisfy a selfish sexual need".
Another song on the album that caught attention was a remix of his 2017 hit single 'Selfish'.
You might think that when one person is acting selfishly when it comes to a consumer purchase or other dedsion and his or her partner is more altruistic, only the selfish individual will be happy with the final dedsion.
The studies found that when paired with a selfish partner, it is better to behave altruistically rather than selfishly.
I have been told, more than once in my life, that I am selfish.
However, the aforementioned existing works did not consider the node's selfish, which assumed that the mobile users are cooperative and never decline service to the others.
And if you are reading this and thinking to yourself, 'But it's so selfish to put myself first,' read on, because that very belief is what is causing you distress right now.
The ongoing gale of defection that has beclouded the country's political scene has been described as a selfish motive by politicians to protect selfish interest rather than national interest.
SELFISH parking is always a pain - though it's not every day it disrupts hundreds of Metrolink passengers.
He talked about a sacrificial love where selfish motives are put aside and the needs of other people become priority.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- A leaked internal video created by X (formerly Google X) called "The Selfish Ledger" explores a world in which the sum of our data can be used to modify behavior and understand society in new ways.