make matters worse

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make matters worse (third-person singular simple present makes matters worse, present participle making matters worse, simple past and past participle made matters worse)

  1. (idiomatic) To worsen an already difficult situation or unfavourable set of circumstances, typically by acting rashly, foolishly, or incompetently.
    His resentful attitude only made matters worse during the custody proceedings.

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