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make matters worse

To make an already bad, unpleasant, or difficult situation even more so. (Sometimes used as an independent clause in the infinitive form: "to make matters worse.") I heard that Julie is being let go from her job, and to make matters worse, she hasn't been there long enough to qualify for severance pay! Breaking up with someone is always very difficult, but don't go making matters worse by doing it in a very public place.
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A collapse of the local power grid over the weekend made matters worse.
The remorseless thug made matters worse for his three young children by dragging them through the courts before admitting his guilt at the last minute.
closely examines the Urumchi riots of 2009, which presented the inequalities found in the socio-cultural environment, but also emphasized the fact that stereotypical talk made matters worse and led to even more conflict.
submarine torpedoes at this critical juncture made matters worse.
FOLLOWING letters on December 30 and January 4, re new powers to reduce Knife Crime/Firearm laws have made matters worse, it made me wonder what house holders and catering businesses do with old but potentially lethal kitchen knives.
Alas, he did not know he was suffering from a serious heart condition and the steroids he injected in a bid to add bulk to his frame made matters worse.
He made matters worse when he asked them to shut up by putting a finger to his lips, but later apologised.
The whistler made matters worse with his patronising finger-wagging at the Arabs gaffer when he started asking questions.
com, the Congress Party is losing ground just ahead of the general elections, and the recent spate of differences emerging between the Congress and its allies in the UPA has made matters worse.
Corporate director of finance Brendan Arnold claimed newspaper headlines and articles about difficulties with the Voyager IT system made matters worse and contributed to a three-month delay in getting the system back on track.
Geoff and Annie are forced into the classroom but Sally fears the head's intervention has just made matters worse - and it seems she's been proved right when Geoff squares up to Lucas.
I KNOW that many Liverpool fans felt they were hard done by in not being allocated tickets for the Champions League Final, but I feel they only made matters worse when they arrived in Athens.
Quite a few people who had kids with them asked him politely to keep his remarks to himself, that just made matters worse.
Nor are all the times forgotten when rather than taking my frustrations out on the kids, it was far more preferable to pop the top off a bottle of beer -- wine gives me an awful headache and would have made matters worse.
I think my mother being seriously ill made matters worse.