worm turned

worm (has) turned

Fig. Someone who is usually patient and humble has decided to stop being so. Jane used to be treated badly by her husband and she just accepted it, but one day she hit him. The worm turned all right. Tom used to let the other boys bully him on the playground, but one day the worm turned and he's now leader of their gang.
See also: turn, worm
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His obvious disdain for both the Chinese Communists and left-wing historians who described the so-called "revolutionary potential" of the peasants causes him to shy away from the "moral economy" argument advanced by some like Ralph Thaxton in The Worm Turned Rightside Up: Revolutionary Legitimacy in the Peasant Worm (New
Yes, it is very much time the worm turned so I suggest you send copies of your article to every politician in the country, particularly to Mr Cameron, and ask 'What are you going to do about it?
So not only had the worm turned at that precise moment, but a career had opened up for me.
If cruel luck had bedevilled the Falcons up to that point, how that worm turned when Albi pitched up.
So it was not surprising that the worm turned on Thursday when a clutch of ministers demanded that the measures be rescinded.
But the worm turned last week when the paper carried an article slamming the rise in anti-social behaviour and recent murders in the area as happening on Gerry's "watch".
The worm turned about two months ago and we just said, '(heck with) it.
In those days, a prudent banker accumulated capital in good times so he had a fat cushion behind him when the worm turned and the bad debts came rolling in.
If that happens, mark down 1997 as the year the worm turned.
As an invaluable source of leaks, Baker built up an enormous reservoir of good will; in fact, Baker spent several hours a week with reporters, an investment that paid off when the worm turned.
In that moment, perhaps, the worm turned for ever after.
Even before the worm turned four years ago, Boston bounced back in 1986 from being down 3-1 to beat the Angels in the ALCS, and twice Red Sox teams have come back from 2-0 deficits to win three straight and capture a Division Series.
Jamie Spencer had been beaten on the first four favourites, but the worm turned in the 1m2f claimer when 11-8 shot Jocheski led well over two furlongs out and was firmly driven out for a length-and-a-half success from Anatolian Prince.
It's time the worm turned, and the public make their preferences clear.