from bad to worse

Unacceptable and getting more so, on a steady downward course. For example, Mary's grades have gone from bad to worse. [Mid-1500s] Also see if worst comes to worst.


Nearby words

  1. froissart,
  2. froissart, jean,
  3. frolic,
  4. frolicsome,
  5. from,
  6. from first to last,
  7. from hand to hand,
  8. from hand to mouth,
  9. from head to toe,
  10. from missouri, i'm

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