make matters worse

idiom

: to make a situation worse
He laughed at her and then, to make matters worse, he accused her of lying!

Examples of make matters worse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Recent shortages of single injection penicillin needed to treat this infection threatens to make matters worse. Jacob D. Moses and Allan M. Brandt, STAT, 30 May 2024 To make matters worse, many of the professors are protesting with the students, which shows exactly where the students are getting it from. Armstrong Williams, Baltimore Sun, 23 Apr. 2024 To make matters worse, it’s often caught up in the back-and-forth of congressional politics, making the necessary funding hard to come by. Paolo Confino, Fortune, 10 May 2024 To make matters worse, Tessa’s team betrays her honorable cause and probes the deep sea for potential oil fields, perceiving her as an expendable threat to their greedy scheme. Leo Barraclough, Variety, 8 May 2024 Relatives and advocates for the missing say poor communication from military commanders can sometimes make matters worse. Maria Varenikova, New York Times, 5 May 2024 This alone caused concern about the status of their engagement but to make matters worse, Lawson and Olubeko shared cryptic messages to their respective Instagram Stories that seemed to support the breakup speculation. Shania Russell, EW.com, 2 Apr. 2024 To make matters worse, any plastic film that gets into the line clogs the machinery, which means workers have to cut it out. Cynthia Sewell, Idaho Statesman, 8 Apr. 2024 To make matters worse, the deputies said, several investigators had become sick with Covid. Tim Stelloh, NBC News, 5 Apr. 2024

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“Make matters worse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/make%20matters%20worse. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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