björntjänst

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Swedish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From a French fable (L’Ours et l’Amateur des jardins by Jean de La Fontaine) in which a tame bear wants to do his master a favor by hitting the fly who sat down on the master's forehead, but hits the fly so hard that the master too is killed.

Noun[edit]

björntjänst c

  1. an attempted favor which turns out to be detrimental, or at least causes more damage than it helps

Declension[edit]