throw out the baby with the bathwater

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throw out the baby with the bathwater

To discard something valuable or important while disposing of something considered worthless, especially an outdated idea or form of behavior. The phrase is often used in the negative as a warning against such thoughtless behavior. Why are we scrapping the entire project? Come on, don't throw out the baby with the bathwater. The main reforms of the movement were desperately needed, but I'm afraid we threw out the baby with the bathwater in many cases.
See also: baby, bathwater, out, throw

throw out the baby with the bath water

Discard something valuable along with something not wanted. For example, I know you don't approve of that one item in the bill but we shouldn't throw out the baby with the bath water by voting the bill down . This expression, with its vivid image of a baby being tossed out with a stream of dirty water, is probably translated from a German proverb, Das Kind mit dem Bade ausschütten ("Pour the baby out with the bath"). It was first recorded in English in 1853 by Thomas Carlyle, who translated many works from German.
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Speaking at the Eastern Australia Energy Markets Outlook conference, he said : 'I don t think that the government should be throwing out the baby with the bathwater, if the CEFC can actually deliver lower cost abatement.
As part of the comity of nations and a member of very good standing in the world body, it has agreed in principle to abide by the UN parameters but it makes a certain amount of practical sense that seeing the proximity of the two nations and the many decades of trade between them that there is little point in throwing out the baby with the bathwater.
To abolish the legislature just because we dislike the government is equivalent to throwing out the baby with the bathwater.
To a certain degree, there must be an out-with-the-old, in-with-the-new mentality, but the city fathers are throwing out the baby with the bathwater.
Deciding not to invest in buyback stocks because you are wary of the way companies might misuse buybacks is like throwing out the baby with the bathwater.