Definition of throw the baby out with the bathwater in English:

throw the baby out with the bathwater

phrase

  • Discard something valuable along with other things that are undesirable.

    • ‘In this case, I don't see how you could ‘close the loophole’ without throwing the baby out with the bathwater.’
    • ‘No right-thinking person wants to downplay this problem or its implications, but we are in danger of throwing the baby out with the bathwater.’
    • ‘I feel I'm relatively representative of Canadians and I don't want the Conservatives throwing the baby out with the bathwater.’
    • ‘Surely what we're doing is throwing the baby out with the bathwater if the failures of individuals lead to the rejection of a religious sense?’
    • ‘It is hoped that the reforms will achieve their purpose of improving the health system but will avoid throwing the baby out with the bathwater.’