throw the baby out with the bath (bathwater)

{v. phr.} To reject all of something because part is faulty. * /God knows that there are weaknesses in the program, but if they act too hastily they may cause the baby to be thrown out with the bathwater./

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • throw the baby out with the bath (bathwater) — {v. phr.} To reject all of something because part is faulty. * /God knows that there are weaknesses in the program, but if they act too hastily they may cause the baby to be thrown out with the bathwater./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • throw\ the\ baby\ out\ with\ the\ bath — • throw the baby out with the bath • throw the baby out with the bathwater v. phr. To reject all of something because part is faulty. God knows that there are weaknesses in the program, but if they act too hastily they may cause the baby to be… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • throw\ the\ baby\ out\ with\ the\ bathwater — • throw the baby out with the bath • throw the baby out with the bathwater v. phr. To reject all of something because part is faulty. God knows that there are weaknesses in the program, but if they act too hastily they may cause the baby to be… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • throw the baby out with the bathwater — reject all of something because part of it is faulty When they decided to get rid of all of the computers because one was broken it was like throwing the baby out with the bath water. They only needed one new computer …   Idioms and examples

  • don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater — The proverb is often used allusively, especially in the metaphorical phrase to throw (or empty) out the baby with the bathwater. Known in German from at least as early as the start of the sixteenth century; Cf. 1610 J. KEPLER Tertius Interveniens …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • Throw out the baby with the bath water — is an idiomatic expression used to suggest an avoidable error in which something good is eliminated when trying to get rid of something bad,[1] or in other words, rejecting the essential along with the inessential.[2] A slightly different… …   Wikipedia

  • bath water — also bathwater N UNCOUNT Your bath water is the water in which you sit or lie when you have a bath. to throw the baby out with the bath water → see baby He has to share his bath water with the other three children in the family …   English dictionary

  • bathwater — /bath waw teuhr, wot euhr, bahth /, n. 1. water for bathing: He ran the bathwater while he shaved. 2. throw out the baby with the bathwater, to eliminate or reject the good along with the bad. [1910 15; BATH1 + WATER] * * * …   Universalium

  • bathwater — /bath waw teuhr, wot euhr, bahth /, n. 1. water for bathing: He ran the bathwater while he shaved. 2. throw out the baby with the bathwater, to eliminate or reject the good along with the bad. [1910 15; BATH1 + WATER] …   Useful english dictionary

  • bath·water — /ˈbæθˌwɑːtɚ, Brit ˈbɑːθˌwɔːtə/ noun [noncount] : water used for a bath throw out the baby with the bathwater see ↑baby, 1 …   Useful english dictionary

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