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out of the frying pan (and) into the fire

From a bad, stressful, or dangerous situation into one that is even worse. Those poor refugees escaped the famine but ended up in a war zone—out of the frying pan into the fire. I thought my old job was stressful, but my new one is 10 times worse. It's like going out of the frying pan and into the fire.
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*out of the frying pan (and) into the fire

Fig. from a bad situation to a worse situation. (*Typically: get ~; go ~; jump ~.) When I tried to argue about my fine for a traffic violation, the judge charged me with contempt of court. I really went out of the frying pan into the fire. I got deeply in debt. Then I really got out of the frying pan into the fire when I lost my job.
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out of the frying pan into the fire

From a bad situation to one that is much worse. For example, After Karen quit the first law firm she went to one with even longer hours-out of the frying pan into the fire . This expression, a proverb in many languages, was first recorded in English in 1528.
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out of the frying pan into the fire

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from the frying pan into the fire

If someone has gone out of the frying pan into the fire or from the frying pan into the fire, they have moved from a bad situation to an even worse one. I was hoping to get my career back on track after a bad time at Villa. But as it turned out, I'd gone out of the frying pan into the fire. Having finally left one bad relationship, she jumped from the frying pan into the fire.
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out of the frying pan into the fire

from a bad situation to one that is worse.
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out of the ˈfrying pan (and) into the ˈfire

(saying) out of one situation of danger or difficulty into another (usually worse) one: It was a case of out of the frying pan into the fire: she divorced her husband, who was an alcoholic, and then married another man with the same problem.
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New local governance structure: From the frying pan into the fire as provided in the new Constitution, the country recently elected local bodies that now number 753 that is only one-fifth the number of earlier VDCs and municipalities.
Mark Warburton jumped from the frying pan into the fire when he left Rangers for Nottingham Forest.
It's yet to be seen whether they've jumped from the frying pan into the fire.
Mark came from Stoke-onTrent which thrived on industry and if that is a good thing he went from the frying pan into the fire but he clearly decided to make this his home.
Clark took Crosby on at Blackpool, which to many looked like a leap from the frying pan into the fire.
The Sharks are not going from the frying pan into the fire this week.
Sick and disabled people will feel they're being flung from the frying pan into the fire," says Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the PCS union, which believes the contract is too sensitive to be run for profit by private companies.
It was jumping from the frying pan into the fire but it was something that I felt I had to do and I couldn't turn down the Villa job.
2 Most promising newcomer Dirk Vennix, who could be said to have jumped from the frying pan into the fire by leaving a tobacco industry post to head the Association of British Bookmakers, but showed his mettle by handling betting industry inquiries from Radio 4's Today programme and The Sun with equal aplomb.
The Vatican leapt from the frying pan into the fire by dismissing the "Third World" remark as a reference to the UK's multi-cultural society, which smacks of racism.
SHIFTING support from the Government to Fine Gael would be like leaping from the frying pan into the fire, the SIPTU president Jack O'Connor said yesterday.
ENGLAND rugby union full-back Mike Brown is being asked to jump from the frying pan into the fire for Saturday's first Test against New Zealand - and he is relishing the challenge.
The Cambodians, in a sense, were jumping from the frying pan into the fire, having to trade one rigid form of communism for another.
In jumping to Magna, it's possible that Hogan only leapt from the frying pan into the fire.
All that is in the past now, however, and for the sake of England's national team I hope their skipper has not jumped from the frying pan into the fire.