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Phrase of the week: das Kind mit dem Bade ausschütten

Updated: Mar 13, 2021

das Kind mit dem Bade ausschütten

            idiom: to throw the baby out with the bathwater


This idiom literally means ‘to pour/dump the child out with the bath’. It actually refers to a mistake, which is avoidable, where you lose something (valuable) while trying to get rid of something you do not want.


  • Wir sollten das Kind nicht mit dem Bade ausschütten, indem wir diese erfolgreichen Programme jetzt abschaffen. = We should not throw the baby out with the bathwater by abolishing these successful schemes now.

A baby sitting in a bath. Photo: Henley Design Studio via Pixabay

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