make things worse

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make things worse(
meyk
 
thihngz
 
wuhrs
)
An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
1. (general)
a. empeorar las cosas
I tried to help, but I just made things worse for everyone.Intenté ayudar, pero sólo empeoré las cosas para todos.
b. hacer las cosas más difíciles
I already had a cold, and the rainy weather made things worse.Ya tenía un resfriado y el clima lluvioso hizo las cosas más difíciles.
c. echar leña al fuego
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
Stop talking. You're making things worse.Deja de hablar. Estás echando leña al fuego.
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