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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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We have ungratefully ignored the smaller volume of critical apparatus that accompanies the edition.
Not just to put them out of their misery, after Diana's youngest son Harry confided ungratefully to a US magazine he doesn't think any of the family, presumably including dad Charles and brother William, wants to be King or Queen.
To charges that the king is a tyrant, Sharp replies that George III has godlike benevolence, and the colonists were acting like the wayward Jews freed from Egyptian captivity: "Our king has planted us in a land flowing with milk and honey, and has driven out the Canaanites from before us, and left us no thorn in our side--and now we vauntingly and ungratefully say, who shall be Lord over us?" (87) He defends the hated Tea Act by claiming that the three pence tax on tea was "a regulation of trade, by which, though it may raise a revenue, and is designed for this purpose, yet no man can be compell'd to pay any part of it; and if he does, it is his own voluntary act, as much as when he chooses to drink wine or rum, rather than cyder, or to wear English cloth rather than homespun." (88)
Naturally, I went directly out in 34-degree Midwestern sleet to buy the coffee-coffee, ungratefully chucking the decaf straight into the outdoor garbage can.
He remembered his brief return to power after the cataclysm of 1905 in a similar light: an attempt to guide the wavering autocrat toward policies that could offer the stability necessary for reform and modernization, services that were accepted grudgingly, ungratefully, and halfheartedly.
Despite the two men's earlier friendship, Papacostas claims Christofias not only hung him out to dry in the aftermath of the Mari incident, but also ungratefully abandoned him altogether throughout his woes.
"Now ungratefully and unreasonably you are demanding that the LTTE should be tried for their war crimes, when they should be treated as minors.
This should actually make us fearful, as when Allah gives us and blesses us without account we usually tend to take His favors for granted, while the attitude that Allah wants from us is that whenever we are blessed with gifts from Him, it should be a reason for us to contemplate over His Generosity and His Mercy, draw closer to Him in gratitude and never let it be a case where we ungratefully engage in sins and turn to disbelief and misguidance.
There has been much talk in recent years in the academy and opinion press about "postfeminism"--or the notion that especially younger women have either wisely or ungratefully proclaimed themselves past an earlier era of strident feminism.
the "poor" Western woman he had ungratefully ditched reproaches him for sleeping twenty-four hours.
And that way she ungratefully dug into her food was more sickening than inspiring.
As soon as Fernando comes of age, however, he ungratefully imprisons his mother's supporters on the advice of Benavides.
Villa will certainly not be forced into a cut-price sale by his transfer request (incidentally, shouldn't these now be called 'transfer demands', because players do not ask politely, they insist ungratefully).