Out of the frying pan, into the fire


Going from a bad situation to one that is even worse.

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“I do believe that the buck stops here, that I cannot rely upon public opinion polls to tell me what is right. I do believe that right makes might and that if I am wrong, 10 angels swearing I was right would make no difference.”

notes for Out of the frying pan, into the fire

This saying often refers to the necessity of making a choice between equally difficult options.
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Idioms and Phrases with Out of the frying pan, into the fire

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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