from bad to worse

from bad to worse

Unacceptable and getting more so, on a steady downward course. For example, Mary's grades have gone from bad to worse. [Mid-1500s] Also see if worst comes to worst.
See also: bad, worse
References in classic literature ?
The count was so weak, and trusted Mitenka so much, and was so good-natured, that everybody took advantage of him and things were going from bad to worse.
Matters went from bad to worse in the case of the irrepressible Cyrus.
Things went from bad to worse, and I shortly found myself mentally taking the unfriended lady under my protection.
Herbert and I went on from bad to worse, in the way of increasing our debts, looking into our affairs, leaving Margins, and the like exemplary transactions; and Time went on, whether or no, as he has a way of doing; and I came of age - in fulfilment of Herbert's prediction, that I should do so before I knew where I was.
And firstly, if it be not entirely new, but is, as it were, a member of a state which, taken collectively, may be called composite, the changes arise chiefly from an inherent difficulty which there is in all new principalities; for men change their rulers willingly, hoping to better themselves, and this hope induces them to take up arms against him who rules: wherein they are deceived, because they afterwards find by experience they have gone from bad to worse.
At any rate, the situation went from bad to worse so rapidly that I should soon, of my own volition, have left home.
The expenses of combating the strike were tremendous, and they were earning nothing, while daily the situation went from bad to worse, until "peace at any price" became the cry.
The law was the first beginning, and it's gone from bad to worse, all of a sudden, just when the luck seemed on the turn?
And as matters tended from bad to worse in the camp of the castaways upon the east coast of Jungle Island, another camp came into being upon the north coast.
With this reckless beginning, it floundered from bad to worse.
And things quickly went from bad to worse when he started ordering four drinks at a time and flicking rude gestures to former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash.
Last night a Government source said: "The conflict has gone from bad to worse and he is concerned that pressure from the war could force him to go.
Veteran Chris Billy did haul them level just before half time, but things soon went from bad to worse for Bury as defender Danny Swailes also received his marching orders for a second yellow card.
Things went from bad to worse for the visitors when Sean Wharton was sent off for striking Ged Hennigan and almost immediately afterwards Chris Watkins received a second yellow card for fouling Hennigan.
Neighbours (BBC1): Things go from bad to worse for Harold and Tad.