I just read a paragraph nowhere on Internet:

To paraphrase the indie band Cracker, what the world needs now is another programming language like I need a hole in the head. That said, Go has slowly but surely [...].

OK, I think I don't want a hole in the head, so what does it mean?

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    A hole in the head would be inconvenient, if not worse. Your brains would get wet if it rained, for one thing. Commented Jul 1, 2021 at 8:44
  • @MichaelHarvey: Your description reminded me of the drawings from Jimmy!
    – Rain
    Commented Jul 1, 2021 at 11:41

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We never say that we need a hole in the head - the saying is always as you quoted:

"I need [x] like I need a hole in the head".

I've emboldened the word 'like' to indicate that this is a simile. It compares the need for something to the need for a hole in the head. Who needs a hole in the head? Nobody. So, it means that you don't need [x] at all.

Apparently it is a translation of a Yiddish saying:

“Ich darf es vi a loch in kop” (I need it like a hole in the head). Source: theidioms.com

  • The version of this expression I hear most commonly is "I need [x] like I need another hole in my head." We all have pre-made holes in our heads for ears, eyes, nose and mouth. It is the extraneous hole that is not needed or desired.
    – RobJarvis
    Commented Jul 1, 2021 at 12:45
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    @RobJarvis That is funny, but it is not true.
    – Lambie
    Commented Jul 1, 2021 at 13:40

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