do any favours


do any favours
(not) do (someone) any favours British, American & Australian, American to do something that is likely to have a bad effect on you or on another person.

You're not well, and you're not doing yourself any favours by taking on extra work.

(often reflexive)

The government isn't doing the families of the victims any favor by hiding the truth about what really happened.

(usually in continuous tenses; often + by + doing something)

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  • not do any favours — (not) do (someone) any favours British, American & Australian, American to do something that is likely to have a bad effect on you or on another person. You re not well, and you re not doing yourself any favours by taking on extra work. (often… …   New idioms dictionary

  • do someone any favours — (not) do (someone) any favours British, American & Australian, American to do something that is likely to have a bad effect on you or on another person. You re not well, and you re not doing yourself any favours by taking on extra work. (often… …   New idioms dictionary

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