two wrongs do not make a right

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two wrongs do not make a right

A second misdeed or mistake does not cancel the first, as in Don't take his ball just because he took yourstwo wrongs do not make a right. This proverbial adage sounds ancient but was first recorded in 1783, as Three wrongs will not make one right.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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