Definition of do more harm than good in English:

do more harm than good

phrase

  • Inadvertently make a situation worse rather than better.

    ‘hasty legislation does more harm than good’
    • ‘He argued that England should abandon the whole concept of multiculturalism, since it was doing more harm than good.’
    • ‘I think that using humanitarian aid as ‘bait’ to get people ‘hooked’ on Christianity will probably end up doing more harm than good.’
    • ‘But could full - body scans being doing more harm than good?’
    • ‘My guest tonight says free trade agreements that this is country is pursuing in Central and South America could, in fact, be doing more harm than good.’
    • ‘You may be doing more harm than good without even knowing it.’
    • ‘One of the houses was fitted with a glass roof in the 1930s to protect it from the elements, but experts are concerned this may be doing more harm than good.’
    • ‘I am certain that an obsession with sport does more harm than good.’
    • ‘Dutch researchers say one-off debriefing sessions after traumatic events are not only ineffective, but could do more harm than good.’
    • ‘When a new music teacher arrives at a boarding school for orphans and troublesome boys, he realises the headmaster's harsh methods do more harm than good.’
    • ‘Public health also has a role in controlling the introduction of new screening methods which do not appear to beneficial, and which may in fact do more harm than good.’