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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?
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This is the true meaning of "first and great." No leader worthy of the name should exist if they are not self-sacrificing, but instead being selfishly self-centered.
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Andrew Morris, maintenance manager for the Canal & River Trust, said: "Unfortunately a minority of people think that it's ok to selfishly dump their rubbish and we're really grateful to the volunteers for pitching in and clearing it up but ultimately it shouldn't come to that.
BRIAN Blessed's great-great-grandparents selfishly not naming any of their 13 kids Gordon, on WDYTYA?, for column joke purposes.
People also, at times, think selfishly and they miss the big picture and suffer from what I call political myopia.
There was constant chattering, frequent moving and fidgeting about and worst of all the multitude of iPads, iPhones and the like, which were flashing, being held selfishly high in the air to video the dancers irrespective of the fact that it hid the view of the stage for those sitting behind them.
It routinely happens at traffic lights and at hatched junctions And it is all part of a moddern mind-set in which people selfishly imagine that they are more important than anyone else.
"On a bender, in anger, utterly selfishly you took your anger out on the public," he said.
Selfishly, and with an eye on his advice-offering average, obviously.
But the fact that remains that a small number of parents are creating considerable problems by parKing thoughtlessly, selfishly and, at times, downright illegally.
hostage are the ones who insist on linking unrelated issues to the budget debate, and selfishly promoting their own agendas and self aggrandizement at the expense of doing the business that the people elected them to do.
Now, in a series of four studies, they have shown that individuals behave more selfishly when interacting with men with wider faces and this selfish behaviour elicits selfish behaviour in others.
Summary: London: Jose Mourinho has told his players not to act selfishly in his second spell ...
Norwich, Stoke and Sunderland are mainly to blame after selfishly easing out of trouble with victories on Saturday.
Twice, while trying to find a seat on a morning bus, I have encountered ignorant females who selfishly refuse to move their bag from the adjoining seat to let you, a fare-paying passenger, sit down, and feel aggrieved somewhat when you have to stare at them cow-eyed until the hint is finally taken and they allow you to sit down with your pounds 12 bus pass.