no harm, no foul
- 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.
- the ends justify the means
- de minimis non curat lex (“the law will not cure (or concern itself with) trifles”), de minimis
Phrases with the same construction are common and productive. See the related terms below.
- no cross, no crown
- no effort, no result
- no pain, no gain
- ^ Bryan A. Garner (editor-in-chief), Black's Law Dictionary, Seventh Edition, West (publisher, 1999), page 443.
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