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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?
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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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Caporael of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., recently launched a frontal assault on theories of human selfishness. In the December 1989 BEHAVIORAL AND BRAIN SCIENCES, she and her colleagues describe a series of experiments conducted over the past 10 years that they say demonstrates that human nature is basically social rather than selfish.
The Trump administrationA's demand "further exposed its wayward arrogance and selfishness", Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a regular briefing.
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However, because the node is limited by its own resources, it usually has social attributes such as selfishness. If node 2 and node 3 show the selfishness of the node in the process of transmitting information, then the message arriving at the destination node from the source node will not be transmitted easily, thereby increasing the network delay and reducing the performance of the network.
'That the Waziri Adamawa asked for anyone who wished to give him birthday gifts to instead endow such on the families of the slain heroes is the opposite of selfishness.
The result is contrary to theories that selfish people manage to get their hands on more money through their selfishness, as suggested in previous research.
There's a authority with took the there's also "Gabriel Jesus selfishness Gary was on the spot initially then Riyad Mahrez came over and said 'I'm having it' and pointed towards his chest.
I used to think it was a Filipino cultural response to say that self-love feels too much like selfishness.
Selfless attitude of young Louis I JUST felt that I had to say that in this world of knife crime, shootings, muggings and general total selfishness by so many, how refreshing and delightful it was to read about how the young man, 12-year-old Louis Johnson, through no selfishness on his part, has befriended his now best friend, five-year-old Ben Collins (Mail, September 8).
However, bonding with friends (F 2/197=4.17, p <.05), harmony (F 2/197= 4.11, p <.05) and selfishness (F 2/197= 3.21, p <.05) are statistically significant.
Ramadan is considered a month of patience as it increases will power to control desires and the selfishness of the soul.
POLICE have slammed the "selfishness" of flytippers who dumped this pile of waste on a country lane.
A LOT of the problems endured in our society come down to one simple thing - selfishness.
Selfishness means that some nodes refuse to forward other nodes' packets to save their own resources.
"If the idea is to do something special for yourself on Rand's birthday," people have asked, "doesn't that negate the idea of selfishness as a fundamental virtue?