no harm, no foul

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Noun[edit]

no harm, no foul

  1. Encapsulation of the idea that although technically a breach of some code or law may have occurred there is no need for punishment, apology or retribution if no actual damage occurred.
    He parked in my space but as I was away at the time: no harm, no foul.

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Phrases with the same construction are common and productive. See the related terms below.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Bryan A. Garner (editor-in-chief), Black's Law Dictionary, Seventh Edition, West (publisher, 1999), page 443.