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a treatment worse than the disease
1. Literally, any drug, surgery, procedure, etc., used to cure or mitigate a disease or ailment that ultimately leads to worse symptoms than the original condition caused or might have caused. While the drug has proven to be effective in combating the disease, it has also been shown to ravage the body in other, more devastating ways. It seems at this point like a treatment worse than the disease.
2. By extension, a solution to a problem or crisis that leads to worse conditions overall than the original problem did or would have. The board of directors' plan to deal with the economic downturn is to reduce the entire company to a skeleton crew. I know drastic action needs to be taken, but we want to make sure this isn't a treatment worse than the disease! I know you want to stimulate the financial sector, but repealing federal regulations would be a treatment worse than the disease.
A method of covering up a problem superficially or temporarily, rather than resolving it completely. A reference to the Band-Aid brand of adhesive bandages. Sometimes capitalized. Honestly, I think this is just a Band-Aid treatment—we need to work harder and find a real solution.
get the royal treatment
To receive extravagant treatment or elaborate attention and care. At our spa, we make sure all our customers get the royal treatment. By signing up with us, your website will get the royal treatment from our team of professional web developers!
get the silent treatment
To be ignored or deliberately not spoken to by someone who is angry at one. Well, I must have done something wrong because I've been getting the silent treatment from him all week.
give (one) the silent treatment
To ignore or deliberately avoid talking to one due to being angry at them. Well, I must have done something wrong because he's been giving me the silent treatment all week.
give (someone) the royal treatment
To treat someone or something extravagantly; to give someone or something elaborate attention and care. At our spa, we give all of our customers the royal treatment. Give your website the royal treatment with one of our professional web development kits now!
the red-carpet treatment
A welcome or reception marked by great or elaborate hospitality, ceremony, or fanfare. Since Jake is their only child, Robert and Sarah give him the red-carpet treatment whenever he returns home from college. I don't expect the red-carpet treatment or anything, but it would be nice to be greeted with a little more enthusiasm than that! She's one of our most loyal customers, so be sure she gets the red-carpet treatment whenever she comes into the store.
the silent treatment
A punishment in which one completely ignores or refuses to speak to someone. I didn't think he would be so offended by my joke, but he's been giving me the silent treatment for days now.
the treatment is worse than the disease
1. Literally, the drug, surgery, procedure, etc., used to cure or mitigate a disease or ailment ultimately leads to worse symptoms than the original condition caused or might have caused. While the drug has proven to be effective in combating the disease, it has also been shown to ravage the body in other, more devastating ways. It seems at this point that the treatment is worse than the disease.
2. By extension, the solution to a problem or crisis leads to worse conditions overall than the original problem did or would have. Often used in negative constructions for rhetorical effect. The board of directors' plan to deal with the economic downturn is to reduce the entire company to a skeleton crew. I know drastic action needs to be taken, but we want to make sure the treatment isn't worse than the disease! I know you want to repeal federal regulations to stimulate the financial sector, but that will inevitably lead to gross misconduct throughout the industry. Sometimes the treatment is worse than the disease.
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Fig. very special treatment; royal treatment. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) I love to go to fancy stores where I get the red-carpet treatment. The queen expects to get the red-carpet treatment wherever she goes.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
give someone the silent treatment
If you give someone the silent treatment, you do not speak to them for a period of time because you are annoyed with them. He fully expected his mother to give him the silent treatment.
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
the silent treatmenta stubborn refusal to talk to someone, especially after a recent argument or disagreement.
2000 Independent Since the complaint, Ms Thomas , who has worked for the City police since 1994 , claims she has been given the silent treatment.
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017
give somebody/get the ˈsilent treatmentrefuse to talk to somebody, usually because you are angry with them; be treated in this way: Are you going to talk to me now, or are you still giving me the silent treatment?
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red-carpet treatment, the
Lavish hospitality; a royal welcome. This term comes from the practice of rolling out a carpet for a particularly esteemed visitor to walk on. Although similar practices surely were common from the earliest days of welcoming royalty, the term red carpet dates only from the early twentieth century. The OED cites a news story in the Daily Mail (1960) about honoring the two-millionth passenger to leave London via TWA jet: “There was a hitch when Mr. Mueller arrived. He is just two years and four months old. The red-carpet treatment went to his mother.”
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer