worm turns, the

the worm turns

Even quiet, submissive people will get angry and retaliate if you continue to agitate or oppress them. Sweet little Thomas is going to snap at you if you keep bugging him—the worm turns eventually. A: "Geez, Janice just totally humiliated her boss in front of everyone." B: "The worm turns, I guess. The dictatorship's killing of the beloved political rebel has stoked the flames of insurrection in the population. Now the worm turns.
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worm turns, the

Also, the worm has turned. Even a very tolerant person will one day lose patience. For example, He bullied his assistant for years, but one day the worm turned and he walked out without notice, taking along his best clients . This expression comes from the proverb Tread on a worm and it will turn, first recorded in John Heywood's 1546 collection.
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the ˌworm ˈturns

(informal) even a patient, calm person will get angry if they are repeatedly badly treated: He’s often rude to his secretary and she doesn’t say anything — but one day the worm will turn.
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worm turns, the

The loser becomes a winner. The expression comes from an old proverb, tread on a worm and it will turn, meaning that the lowliest individual will resent being treated badly. It appeared in John Heywood’s 1546 proverb collection and was repeated by Shakespeare. Robert Browning used it in Mr. Sludge (1864): “Tread on a worm, it turns, sir! If I turn, Your fault!”
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