ungrateful


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how (something) can you be?

Used rhetorically 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 water boiler 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?

Used rhetorically 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 water boiler 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?
See also: can, how
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What an ungrateful lot these foreigners are for resisting our armed forces, who were simply doing their duty to God and the Queen.
Forget the working class, which was so ungrateful anyway, and move upmarket.
Slam the door when you get home and treat your spouse to a diatribe on ungrateful students.
The belligerent creature might seem more heroic if, say, he went around scrubbing ungrateful, whiny, privileged youths' mouths out with soap.
The charming tall tale introduces readers to the ungrateful Alice, whose loud voice changes into the Northern Lights--until an odd little person offers her the choice to be nice, so that her normal voice will return.
I hope I don't sound ungrateful, therefore, if I draw attention to one small anomaly.
People who live only for today, who are oblivious of their debt to the past and their obligations to contribute to a better tomorrow, are narcissistic, ungrateful, and visionless.
Caracas is much more fun with a buddy along, so it would be ungrateful to utter the words "rent boy" even if you get stuck with the bill in late October.
My BFF never acts ungrateful, but I still feel like my gifts must stink compared to the pricey stuff she gives me.
When Mo Mowlam was turfed out of the same job by an ungrateful Government she was stripped of her security soon afterwards (although it was reinstated when the Sunday Mirror kicked up a fuss.
THERE IS NO SPECIES OF JOURNALIST more cynical, more sour, more ungrateful than the sportswriter.
And above all, he does not want to appear ungrateful for his success.
But it would be an ungrateful reader who would begrudge a single word of it.
Milicent Fawcett and much of the suffragist leadership, for their part, accepted the compromise in 1917 - which utterly sold out the younger Labour suffragists and which they surely themselves would have rejected before 1914 - from fear of attack by homes of angry males should they show themselves to be ungrateful or unpatriotic.
She and her husband, proving ungrateful to Aphrodite, were led to profane a shrine, for which they were turned into lions.