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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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Meanwhile, Tegan is devastated when Rose is rushed to hospital with breathing difficulties, but she only makes matters worse when takes control.
No security protocol is perfect, but concealing the extent of the problems in any government agency only makes matters worse.
To makes matters worse, the government phased out subsidies twice in 2012 and 2013 on petroleum and food products triggering demonstrations that were swiftly quelled.
But to know that he did it in jail only makes matters worse.
What makes matters worse is that many of these patients lived years without dysphagia or other issues and were able to resume a normal lifestyle before developing complications.
A rescue attempt makes matters worse for trapped katie.
What makes matters worse is that although this company is so well placed to communicate with its customers, there has been no official word of explanation or apology.
There is a public school nearby and it only makes matters worse when there are drivers in a rush and no one can go above 10kph because of the terrible road.
10pm) Ruth's plans for a good Christmas are threatened by the state of her marriage - and the arrival of Edward's ex-lover in the department only makes matters worse.
Malachy suspects Brendan, below, was behind the theft straight away and vows to prove so, and Veronica only makes matters worse by increasing her demands.
Sex makes matters worse as the thrusting action pushes bacteria up the urethra into the bladder.
Caught in contradictions within contradictions, Leibovitz only makes matters worse when she concludes the interview by saying, "Susan always said she felt that art really had to rise above the personal.
If you've got low self-esteem and you lose your job, that just makes matters worse and you want to drink to deal with that, it's a vicious circle.
In fact, Perkins' hypocrisy only makes matters worse.
They wish to maintain and strengthen their relationship with the grandchild, but their efforts to maintain the relationship against the wishes of the resident parent often makes matters worse in most cases.