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throw the baby out with the bathwater

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Happiness consumes itself like a flame. It cannot burn for ever, it must go out, and the presentiment of its end destroys it at its very peak.
J. August Strindberg
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Etymology

From a German proverb that dates to 1512. First recorded by Thomas Murner in his satire Narrenbeschwörung. First appeared in English when Thomas Carlyle translated it and used it in an 1849 essay on slavery.

Verb

throw the baby out with the bathwater

  1. (idiomatic) To discard something valuable, often inadvertently, in the process of removing waste.
    They cancelled the entire project because the new management didn't like the prototype, but I think they threw the baby out with the bathwater.

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