get worse and worse meaning, get worse and worse definition | English Cobuild dictionary



1    Worse is the comparative of bad.  
2    Worse is the comparative of badly.  
3    Worse is used to form the comparative of compound adjectives beginning with `bad' and `badly.' For example, the comparative of `badly off' is `worse off'.  
4    If a situation goes from bad to worse, it becomes even more unpleasant or unsatisfactory.  
to go from bad to worse      phrase   V inflects  
For the past couple of years my life has gone from bad to worse.     
5    If a situation changes for the worse, it becomes more unpleasant or more difficult.  
for the worse      phrase   PHR after v  
The grandparents sigh and say how things have changed for the worse.     
6    If a person or thing is the worse for something, they have been harmed or badly affected by it. If they are none the worse for it, they have not been harmed or badly affected by it.  
the worse/none the worse for sth      phrase   PHR after v, PHR n  
Father came home from the pub very much the worse for drink..., They are all apparently fit and well and none the worse for the fifteen hour journey.     
    for better or worse  
Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
get drunk or take drugs; get high
something easy to get
launch the process, launch the project, make sure that progress is under way
get seriously involved in a relationship
buy one, get one free
It's a common form of sales promotion. This marketing technique is universally known in the marketing industry by the acronym BOGOF.
go crazy about something, get enthusiastic
experience a special pleasure, excitement out of smth.; enjoy smth. very much
E.g.: She gets a bang out of shopping.
= get your knickers in a twist/knot
US English, colloquial
go crazy; get angry; lose self-control
E.g.: I will lose it if we keep listening to this song.
have everything together; have all things settled/organized
E.g.: Just when I had got all my ducks in a row and I was ready to go, I received a call and had to cancel my trip.
be negatively impacted by a situation, event.
E.g.: The building is being renovated, but for the moment people living there get the short end of the stick.
to become very upset about something, usually something that is not important
Other expression: to get your knickers in a knot
get rid of a strong feeling towards something or someone
[Informal] If you have done something wrong, tell him and get it out of your system. After the break up, it took him some while to get her out of his system.
from the outset, from the beginning
acronym for Let Me Know, as to ask the other party to get back to you
to get rid of one's frustration (for example by doing something violent or impulsive)
get well with someone from the very beginning of the relationship
used when referring to romantic relationship, but also in a larger meaning: He hit it off with his teacher; he will continue taking classes with her.
to get so focused on the details or intricacies of something that you miss the big picture or the main point
His book subject is quite good, but he tends to miss the forest for the trees. (tending to get in too much detail and miss the essence).
used to point out that small problems or unpleasant events can in the end help things get better
1:to utter taunting words 2:to deride or tease with taunting words 'The Gridiron Show group joked with and gibed at those in the Memphis power structure, politicians mostly. Rarely did anyone get their feelings hurt by the skits in the shows…." — Toby Sells, Memphis Magazine, December 2014
a person who thinks about being an entrepreneur or starting a business but never gets started.


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