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go from bad to worse

To become 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.
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go from bad to worse

to progress from a bad situation to one that is worse. Things went from bad to worse in a matter of days. I'm afraid that things are going from bad to worse.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

go from ˌbad to ˈworse

(of an already bad situation) become even worse: Under the new management things have gone from bad to worse.
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Matters went from bad to worse in the case of the irrepressible Cyrus.
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 sympathetic blood surged to my temples and I turned and gave those fine birds what I intended to be a beseeching look, but my feelings got the better of me and changed it into a look which said, "If any of you pets of fortune laugh at this poor soul, you will deserve to be flayed for it." Things went from bad to worse, and I shortly found myself mentally taking the unfriended lady under my protection.
At any rate, the situation went from bad to worse so rapidly that I should soon, of my own volition, have left home.
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.
Instead of which everything went from bad to worse. Then came the day when Hughie reprimanded one of the boys and was nearly killed by the gang.
"'Well, matters went from bad to worse with us, and this animal Hudson became more and more intrusive, until at last, on making some insolent reply to my father in my presence one day, I took him by the shoulders and turned him out of the room.
'I overheard Jove, one day,' said Silenus, 'talking of destroying the earth; he said it had failed; they were all rogues and vixens, who went from bad to worse, as fast as the days succeeded each other.
"I went from bad to worse," she said, with an air of discouragement very foreign to her.
Matters, in fact, went from bad to worse. There was no wedding party; the married pair departed immediately for Prebaudet.
They have not had a meaningful conversation for two years and things went from bad to worse when a deal was agreed for Bale (above) to go to China - only for Real president Florentino Perez to block it.
In company news, Aston Martin's year went from bad to worse yesterday as bosses admitted sales of their luxury cars have been weaker than expected.
Things went from bad to worse when Bob and Renee asked if Heather - who is enabling his drinking - could stay another night.
Summary: Cape Town [South Africa], June 3 (ANI): South Africa's situation went from bad to worse as they lost their second consecutive match in the ongoing ICC Men's Cricket World Cup.