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The situation when an action is taken to make something better it turns out to more be actually more damaging than healing?

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"Throwing the baby out with the bathwater." While disposing of waste,(the dirty water) you inadvertently got rid of something valuable (the baby).

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Exacerbate?

make (a problem, bad situation, or negative feeling) worse.

-ODO

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"Unintended consequences" - your action/intention had an unexpected, less desirable result

"Backfired" - your action/intention created a worse result

"Made matters worse" - your action/intention had a negative effect

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    You should include an explanation of why these phrases are good choices; otherwise the answer is not complete. – sumelic Mar 5 '17 at 21:02

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