it couldn't/can't hurt

Definition of it couldn't/can't hurt

  1. —used to mean that doing something would not be harmful and might even be helpful “Should I ask her for a job?” “It couldn't/can't hurt (to ask).”

Word by Word Definitions

couldn'tplay
  1. :  could not

can'tplay
  1. :  can not

hurtplay
  1. :  to inflict with physical pain :  wound

    :  to do substantial or material harm to :  damage

    :  to cause emotional pain or anguish to :  offend

  1. :  a cause of injury or damage :  blow

    :  a bodily injury or wound

    :  mental or emotional distress or anguish :  suffering


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