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English definition of “not do sb any favours”

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not do sb any favours

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. [by + -ing verb] The government isn't doing the families of the victims any favours by hiding the truth about what really happened.
Translations of “not do sb any favours”
in Chinese (Traditional) 做對自己或他人有不良影響的事,做損人(或害己)的事…
in Chinese (Simplified) (做某事对自己或他人)有不良后果…
(Definition of not do sb any favours from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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