Losing something extremely valuable or to throw something useful while trying to get rid of useless things


  • This is a German expression and in the 20th century, English writers also started to use it. Imagine that if you a baby is being bathed by a parent and after the bath are complete, bathwater is thrown out even if the baby is still in the tub. This almost means that the most important thing “the baby” is almost being thrown away while getting rid of something useless “bathwater”. 

Cleaning the kitchen wouldn’t be an easy task because you may be unintentionally throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

Additional definitions for 'Throw the Baby Out with the Bathwater':

throw the baby out with the bathwaterTo discard something valuable, often inadvertently, in the process of removing waste.
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