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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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In a singular gesture of ungratefulness the emperor pronounced his son's cure unholy magic and had Vitus thrown into a cauldron of boiling oil.
The politicians and outstanding personalities who are deceived by the bribe or intimidated by the threats of the camp of the arrogant powers and miss the great opportunity of Islamic Awakening should be apprehensive about this divine threat: "Have you not seen those who have changed Allah's favor for ungratefulness and made their people to alight into the abode of perdition into hell?
Sheikh Mazhar Shaheen from in front of the Omar Makram Mosque: The arrest of Ahmed Maher in this fashion signifies the failure of the regime to deal with the opposition, its fear of the future, its ungratefulness to those who supported it, and its turning against the goals and principles of the Revolution.
The City Madame, similarly, builds its conflict when Luke comes under economic obligation to his brother, Sir John Frugal, who pays his debts only to experience Luke's ungratefulness; here, Luke completely disregards the duty of the debtor that was thought to have characterized financial obligation in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.
Somalia is a rare case in the community of 'failed states' for another reason: the very public and collective ungratefulness the nation has shown the West.
Since then, however, France, in particular, has 'redeemed' itself from this initial ungratefulness.
Aguirre's letter blends the valiant services that he and his comrades had given the Crown with furious condemnation of Philip II's ungratefulness and the numerous injustices that they had endured at the hands of the Spanish Empire's greedy and corrupt officials.
However, the issue here is not the ungratefulness of the Arabs.
This would have straightened out our attitude of ungratefulness for our bounty while leaving us with our canned applesauce to get us through until we had another apple crop.
Zaman's Fikret Ertan calls the recent threatening statements from Iran "ungratefulness" as Turkey has always shown unwavering support for Iran's right to develop peaceful nuclear technology, and it pursued a diplomatic solution to the Iranian nuclear crisis.
That such sympathetic approach is upheld even after experiencing the ungratefulness of some who were extended help when in distress, shows Um Ali's good heart, proving that there are people around us who are full of humane qualities.
Ultimately, Allah proved His power by destroying the wealth of the arrogant one because of his ungratefulness (kufr).
The Sudanese government last November voiced in favor of an Arab League's resolution suspending Syria's membership of the Pan-Arab body, drawing a strong rebuke from Damascus who slammed what it saw as Khartoum's ungratefulness to previous support it received from Syria.
People do not want to accept candor for reasons, such as a lack of confidence, ungratefulness, fear, arrogance, and a lack of understanding of the motives of those offering the candor.
Finally, Hanson decries what he views as the ungratefulness of Mexican immigrants, explaining they might have ten times their former status in Mexico, yet be churlish because their residence lacks central air conditioning.