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What was that idiom describing doing something that causes great damage in order to solve a smaller problem? Something like burning the barn down to kill a few mice.
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Not sure as i am not a native speaker, but "burning bridges", maybe?
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>>1441792
I think burning bridges is completely different. Afaik it means ending connections between someone,
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Burning bridges has a different meaning, yes. I found this through googling:
>Cutting off your nose to spite your face
Though I believe it applies mainly to acts of revenge or retribution.
>Throwing the baby out with the bathwater
But instead of solving a problem it may apply more to just getting rid of unwanted things.
>Burning the village in order to save it
Actual quote from US soldiers in the Vietnam war, don't know if it's a common idiom.
>Burning down the barn to kill the rats
This is an actual idiom, y'know. Not certain if you were looking for a similar one or you just weren't sure it existed.
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>>1441785
Mebbe 'Throwing the baby out with the bathwater'.
'Using a sledgehammer to crack a nut' is similar tho not quite what you're asking for.
Or there's always the 'Pyrrhic victory' (a tactical victory at too great a cost to count as a real, strategic victory).
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>>1441799
>Burning down the barn to kill the rats
>This is an actual idiom, y'know. Not certain if you were looking for a similar one or you just weren't sure it existed.
I guess I just imagined another more popular idiom with the same meaning then. Thanks
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>>1441785
idiom (noun) - a group of words established by usage as having a meaning not deducible from those of the individual words
>Something like burning the barn down to kill a few mice.
Deducible, therefore not an idiom.
>Burning the village in order to save it
An oxymoron, but not an idiom.

Cutting off your nose to spite your face? (I don't think its an idiom either.)
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>>1441933
What do you call it then?
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>>1441935
Proverbs.
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>>1441941
Do you have a proverb or idiom for a situation where you are enlightened on a topic?
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>>1441785
pyrrhic victory
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>>1441943
"See the light."
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>>1441785
To crack a nut with a sledgehammer.
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>>1442684
That means "overdoing it" or "using way more effort/resources than needed". It's different from solving a small problem by causing a bigger problem or by causing bigger damage than what the small problem would have caused.



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