none the worse for

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none the worse for

  1. Not harmed from, as in He was none the worse for walking the entire ten miles, or This carpet may be old, but it's none the worse for wear. [Early 1800s]

  2. Be improved by, as in The dog would be none the worse for a good brushing. [Early 1800s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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