make matters worse


make matters worse
To worsen an already difficult situation or unfavourable set of circumstances, typically by acting rashly, foolishly, or incompetently.

His resentful attitude only made matters worse during the custody proceedings.


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  • make matters worse — make matters/things/worse phrase used for talking about something that makes a bad situation worse These new crops are making matters worse by destroying traditional agriculture. Thesaurus: to make something worsesynonym …   Useful english dictionary

  • make matters worse — v. make a bad situation worse, cause a difficult situation become more awful …   English contemporary dictionary

  • to make matters worse — make a bad situation worse, cause a difficult situation become more awful …   English contemporary dictionary

  • to make matters worse — with the result that a bad situation is made worse …   Useful english dictionary

  • make things worse — make matters/things/worse phrase used for talking about something that makes a bad situation worse These new crops are making matters worse by destroying traditional agriculture. Thesaurus: to make something worsesynonym …   Useful english dictionary

  • worse — worse1 [wə:s US wə:rs] adj [: Old English; Origin: wiersa, wyrsa] 1.) [the comparative of bad] more unpleasant, bad, or severe →↑better worse than ▪ The violence was worse than we expected. ▪ The traffic is much worse after five o clock. ▪ The… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • worse — worse1 [ wɜrs ] adjective *** more unpleasant or bad than something else or than before: worse than: The injury looked a lot worse than it really was. get worse: Our performance got worse as the game went on. worse and worse: The company s… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • worse — I UK [wɜː(r)s] / US [wɜrs] adjective *** a) more unpleasant or bad than something else or than before Some said they d never seen a worse film. get worse: Our performance got worse as the game went on. worse than: The injury looked a lot worse… …   English dictionary

  • worse — 1 adjective 1 (the comparative of bad) not as good as someone or something else, or more unpleasant or of a lower standard: The meal couldn t have been much worse. | worse than: The weather was worse than last year. | there s nothing worse than… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • worse*/*/*/ — [wɜːs] adj I 1) more unpleasant or bad than something else, or than before Ant: better Our performance got worse as the game went on.[/ex] The company s financial problems are getting worse and worse.[/ex] The injury looked a lot worse than it… …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English


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