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need (something) like (one) needs a hole in the head
To have absolutely no need or use for something. I'm perfectly happy having a cell phone that just makes phone calls—I need a fancy new smartphone like I need a hole in the head. We have enough problems with the business as it is, so we need an audit right now like we need a hole in the head.
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need something like a hole in the head
not to need something at all. I need a house cat like I need a hole in the head! She needs another car like she needs a hole in the head.
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need like a hole in the head
Have neither a need nor a desire for something, as in I needed that extra work like I need a hole in the head. This expression has such ancestors as "As much need of it as he has of the pip [a disease] or of a cough," from John Ray's English Proverbs (1678), and "As much need of it as a toad of a side pocket," from Francis Grose's Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue (1785). [Slang; c. 1940]
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need (something) like a hole in the head, to
A superfluous item, something one does not want at all. A slangy Americanism of the 1940s, it is the modern equivalent of “as much need on’t, as he hath of the pip [a disease], or of a cough” (John Ray, English Proverbs, 1678) and “as much need of it as a toad of a side pocket” (Francis Grose, A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, 1785). The 1944 collection of articles from the U.S. Army publication Yank had “The Partisans need chow-chow like they need a hole in the head” (Best from Yank).
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