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Out of the frying pan and into the fire

DEFINITION

Left a bad situation for a worse situation. Being in a pan over hot fire is bad, but to jump out of it and end up in the fire below is even worse, thusly this old adage proclaims the idiocy of  an action that makes your circumstances worse. (Compare to Go downhill or Take a turn for the worse.)

“He left his job as a policeman because it was dangerous work, but he got a job as a soldier and was sent to the war, so he got out of the frying pan and into the fire.”

 

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