[uncountable]damage or injury that is caused by a person or an eventHe would never frighten anyone or cause them any harm.He may look fierce, but he means no harm.The court case will do serious harm to my business.The accident could have been much worse; luckily no harm was done.Don't worry, we'll see that the children come to no harm.I can't say I like Mark very much, but I don't wish him any harm.Hard work never did anyone any harm.Look, we're just going out for a few drinks, where's the harm in that?The treatment they gave him did him more harm than good.
Word OriginOld Englishhearm (noun), hearmian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to GermanHarm and Old Norseharmr
.Extra examplesI don’t think he’ll come to any harm if his mother is with him.I don’t want any harm to come to these pictures.I’m sorry if I upset you—I didn’t mean any harm.No one wishes you harm.She tried to shield her child from harm.The children were removed from their parents to prevent harm to them.The drugs he was prescribed did him more harm than good.The huge fall in exports has done a great deal of harm to the economy.The younger children were kept out of harm’s way.babies at risk of serious harm from their parentselderly people in danger of physical or emotional harmthe harm done to the environmentDon’t worry, we’ll see that the children come to no harm.Hard work never did anyone any harm.He may look fierce, but he means no harm.He was convicted of causing grievous/actual bodily harm.He would never frighten anyone or cause them any harm.I can’t say I like Mark very much but I don’t wish him any harm.I prefer the children to play in the garden where they’re out of harm’s way.Look, we’re just going out for a few drinks, where’s the harm in that?The accident could have been worse; luckily no harm was done.emotional/psychological/social damage/harmIdioms
it wouldn’t do somebody any harm (to do something)
in a safe place where somebody/something cannot be hurt or injured or do any damage to somebody/somethingShe put the knife in a drawer, out of harm’s way.I prefer the children to play in the garden where they’re out of harm’s way.
there is no harm in (somebody’s) doing something,it does no harm (for somebody) to do something