would not harm a fly
someone would not harm a fly = something would not harm a fly
used to emphasize how inoffensive and harmless a person or animal is
RELATED IDIOMS :
out of harm's way
in a safe place
1996 - Frank McCourt - Angela's Ashes – Take down the Pope and hide him in the coal hole where he won't be seen and he'll be out of harm's way.
there is no harm in
the course of action specified may not guarantee success but is at least unlikely to have unwelcome repercussions
1997 - Arundhati Roy - The God of Small Things - He decided that since she couldn't have a husband there was no harm in her having an education.
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