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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?
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?
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From a historical perspective it is quite interesting to observe that the Kurdish intellectuals have participated actively in strengthening the political parties and in bearing them to a sort of power, but, as a reward they have been met with, to say the least, ungratefulness.
The conventional focus on the need to be prepared for ungratefulness and betrayal shifts to the importance of being alert to the power of language, which requires concentration.
So they are surprised, surprised and shocked, by the ungratefulness of the Arab inhabitants.
However, Stewart understood that her Black audience could not idly stand too far away because it would illustrate a sign of ungratefulness toward others who have already articulated their voice amidst the growing abolitionist regime.
Fletcher (Mercury, March 30) who thinks a rise for teachers is a sign of ungratefulness.
Apart from the fact that in both Turkish and Greek culture, the term "concessions" is always understood to bear a negative connotation as a term indicating yielding and submission, a deep-rooted feeling of bitterness and a perception of ungratefulness seems to exist both at the elites and popular levels for "sacrifices" and "concessions" that remained unrewarded and unreciprocated.
For a Canadian city near the border to enjoy the protection of the American nuclear shield while noisily declaring itself holier than the Yanks who were defending them was hypocrisy and ungratefulness, not just political masturbation.
An emphasis upon the ungratefulness of a cat is strange, to say the least, but an understanding of Parry's metonymic role as "the Captain" allows us to read into these passages a clever reprimand of the "master of the house" who lamely lets his wife do all the labor while he smugly takes the credit.
government and American society in general to exaggerate (and oversimplify) perceived French ingratitude for American contributions to their own preservation of sovereignty--twice in the same century--and German ungratefulness for the substantial postwar reconstruction that brought West Germany quickly back into the community of nations.
The latter argued in his Mathnawi that the main mission of the prophets had always been their resistance against the worship of apparent causes, since this delusion opened the gates of polytheism and ungratefulness.
The Book of Jeremiah begins with God's reproaching the nation of Israel for its ungratefulness after being delivered from slavery, but one notices right away that Micheaux would accept many of these reproaches with pride.
He states that Florence's neighbors show their ungratefulness by their poor treatment of a city that has done them no wrong.
52) The opening line of the letter is from Micah 6: 3, and is the opening of a rather harsh rebuke by God directed towards Israel on account of the people's ungratefulness.
Joe Connelly, Glasgow, said: "If there was an Olympic Games for ungratefulness then Alan Stubbs would win the gold medal hands down.
Accusing herself of ungratefulness to Providence for her unhappiness after so many benefits received, she hastens to add: "et cependent le bonheur resulte-t-il toujours de ces dons de l'intelligence