out of the frying pan into the fire

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out of the frying pan (and) into the fire

From a bad, stressful, or dangerous situation into one that is even worse. If you use credit cards to pay off a debt, you're jumping out of the frying pan into the fire. I thought moving up to the manager's position, I'd have an easier time in the restaurant, but I went out of the frying pan and into the fire!
See also: fire, fry, of, out, pan

*out of the frying pan (and) into the fire

Fig. from a bad situation to a worse situation. (*Typically: get ~; go ~; jump ~.) When I tried to argue about my fine for a traffic violation, the judge charged me with contempt of court. I really went out of the frying pan into the fire. I got deeply in debt. Then I really got out of the frying pan into the fire when I lost my job.
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out of the frying pan into the fire

From a bad situation to one that is much worse. For example, After Karen quit the first law firm she went to one with even longer hours-out of the frying pan into the fire . This expression, a proverb in many languages, was first recorded in English in 1528.
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out of the frying pan into the fire

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from the frying pan into the fire

If someone has gone out of the frying pan into the fire or from the frying pan into the fire, they have moved from a bad situation to an even worse one. I was hoping to get my career back on track after a bad time at Villa. But as it turned out, I'd gone out of the frying pan into the fire. Having finally left one bad relationship, she jumped from the frying pan into the fire.
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out of the frying pan into the fire

from a bad situation to one that is worse.
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out of the ˈfrying pan (and) into the ˈfire

(saying) out of one situation of danger or difficulty into another (usually worse) one: It was a case of out of the frying pan into the fire: she divorced her husband, who was an alcoholic, and then married another man with the same problem.
See also: fire, fry, of, out, pan
References in classic literature ?
We seem to have gotten out of the frying pan into the fire