from bad to worse

from bad to worse

Becoming more unpleasant, unacceptable, or difficult than a situation already was. They were already struggling financially, but after Samantha lost her job, things went from bad to worse. If these new laws are passed, the homelessness crisis will go from bad to worse.
See also: bad, 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 ?
Matters went from bad to worse in the case of the irrepressible Cyrus.
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.
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?
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.
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.
If you are at all interested in the fate of that low scoundrel, Grimsby, I can only tell you that he went from bad to worse, sinking from bathos to bathos of vice and villainy, consorting only with the worst members of his club and the lowest dregs of society - happily for the rest of the world - and at last met his end in a drunken brawl, from the hands, it is said, of some brother scoundrel he had cheated at play.
Dave and Sol-leks were unaffected, but the rest of the team went from bad to worse.
With this reckless beginning, it floundered from bad to worse.
Well, this goes from bad to worse, and finally about fifty pages later, Hugh takes a week-end ticket to Swanage and 'has it out with himself on the downs above Corfe.
Instead of which everything went from bad to worse.
Things went with him from bad to worse, and at length he died at the age of thirty-six, worn out by toil and sin and suffering.