looking for a common phrase that means "solving one problem yet causing another"

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    Out of the frying pan, into the fire. – Hot Licks Oct 23 '17 at 12:01
  • Possible duplicate of Proverb for: solving a problem creates a bigger one – 1006a Oct 23 '17 at 15:13
  • @1006a I object to the duplicate status on the grounds that the proposed duplicate requests a phrase for a problem a problem that is necessarily worse. "Causing yet another problem" can include that, but there is a subtle distinction in that it may also refer to a problem of equal stature, or perhaps even a lesser problem, so answers without that additional signification would be more ideal. – Tonepoet Oct 23 '17 at 17:05
  • @Tonepoet If none of the suggestions given at that question (or the others mentioned by NVZ) suit this OP, then that should be explained in the question. Otherwise, even if it's theoretically marginally different, the question should be put on hold for lack of research. – 1006a Oct 23 '17 at 17:19

Unintended consequence is defined as the unexpected result of taking some positive action to implement change, with one of the following three scenarios:

  1. The initial problem is solved, while yielding an unanticipated benefit, described as a windfall.
  2. The initial problem is solved but there is an unanticipated consequence that results in an unforeseen negative event.
  3. The worst situation is a perverse outcome, when the action doesn't solve the original problem at all, but actually makes it worse instead.

Solving one problem but causing another one is the second scenario. The initial problem does get solved, but a new problem arises as a result. These are some examples of unintended consequences.

Phrases for this situation are "law of unintended consequences", "unintended consequence" or "drawback".

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