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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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It is a long story, but it was I who wrote what I could not speak--and now D'Arnot has made matters worse by teaching me to speak French instead of English.
So I wetted it; but that only made matters worse than they were before.
Father Brown had also sprung forward, striving to compose the dispute; but he soon found his personal presence made matters worse.
Jack Maldon tried to be very talkative, but was not at his ease, and made matters worse.
More than half made matters worse by snacking in bed.
And a third said hearing about terrorist attacks and the mystery disappearance of Flight MH370 in 2014 had made matters worse.
In his latest appearance on RT TV, Baroud said that if the Palestinian leadership succumbs to US pressure, it would be a form of political suicide considering that the Palestinian people are fed-up with the useless 'peace process' that has made matters worse for Palestinians on the ground.
A collapse of the local power grid over the weekend made matters worse.
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.
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.