take a turn for the worse

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take a turn for the worse

To worsen, often quickly or suddenly. We should get over to the hospital now—Uncle Jim's taken a turn for the worse and probably won't make it through the day.
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take a turn for the worse

to start to get worse. It appeared that she was going to get well; then, unfortunately, she took a turn for the worse. My job was going quite well; then last week things took a turn for the worse.
See also: take, turn, worse