to add fuel to the fire
/ˈæd fjˈuːəl tə ðə fˈaɪɚ/
to intensify a disagreement or argument
to add insult to injury
/ˈæd ˈɪnsʌlt tʊ ˈɪndʒɚɹi/
to worsen a bad situation by doing or saying something hurtful or disrespectful, in addition to the harm that has already been caused
to fan the flames
/fˈæn ðə flˈeɪmz/
to worsen a bad, unpleasant, or dangerous situation for someone or something
to go to hell in (a) handbasket / handbag
/ɡˌoʊ tə hˈɛl ɪn ɐ hˈændbæskɪt hˈændbæɡ/
to rapidly and irreversibly deteriorate or decline in a manner that is likely to result in a bad outcome or failure
to go to the dogs
/ɡˌoʊ tə ðə dˈɑːɡz/
to deteriorate or decline significantly
to have seen / known better days
/hæv sˈiːn nˈoʊn bˈɛɾɚ dˈeɪz/
to be in a very poor condition, particularly compared to the past
to make matters / things worse
/mˌeɪk mˈæɾɚz θˈɪŋz wˈɜːs/
to do something that makes an already bad situation worse
to shoot oneself in the foot
/ʃˈuːt wʌnsˈɛlf ɪnðə fˈʊt/
to unintentionally do something that harms oneself or one's own interests
double whammy
/dˈʌbəl wˈæmi/
a situation in which one gets affected by two unpleasant or unfortunate events that happen at once
on one's last legs
/ˌɑːn wˈʌnz lˈæst lˈɛɡz/
in a very poor condition or near the end of their lifespan or usefulness
on the ropes
/ɑːnðə ɹˈoʊps/
very likely to be defeated or completely fail
out of the frying pan (and) into the fire
/ˌaʊɾəv ðə fɹˈaɪɪŋ pˈæn ænd ˌɪntʊ ðə fˈaɪɚ/
used when one moves from a bad situation into a worse one
worse for wear
/wˈɜːs fɔːɹ wˈɛɹ/
used to describe someone who is really tired after an exhaustive physical activity
the balloon goes up
/ðə bəlˈuːn ɡoʊz ˈʌp/
used to indicate that a situation is about to become tense, difficult, or critical
to come to a grinding halt
/kˈʌm tʊ ɐ ɡɹˈaɪndɪŋ hˈɑːlt/
to suddenly and completely stop, often in a dramatic or unexpected manner, implying a sense of frustration, disappointment, or failure
to grind to a halt
/ɡɹˈaɪnd tʊ ɐ hˈɑːlt/
to slowly come to a complete stop after gradually losing speed or power
to go to the Devil
/ɡˌoʊ tə ðə dˈɛvəl/
to become ruined or destroyed, often due to a person's own actions or neglect
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