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To become worse - thesaurus

Synonyms

worsen

verb

to become worse, or to make something worse

decline

verb

to become less or worse

deteriorate

verb

to become worse

deepen

verb

if a bad situation deepens, it becomes worse

escalate

verb

to become much worse or more serious, or to make something do this

degenerate

verb

to become worse

spiral

verb

to continuously become worse, more, or less

slide

verb

to gradually be in a worse situation than before

go down

to become worse

come to the boil

if a situation or feeling comes to the boil, it starts to become more serious or dangerous

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More synonyms

be all downhill/be downhill all the way

to become worse

boil over

if a situation or feeling boils over, people cannot control their anger and start to fight or argue

boil up

if a situation or feeling boils up, people start to feel angry

change for the better/worse

to start being better/worse

decay

verb

to become gradually worse in quality, or weaker in power or influence

descend into

if a situation descends into a certain bad state, it becomes bad

fester

verb

if a problem or unpleasant feeling festers, it becomes worse because no one has dealt with it

go

verb

to start being in a worse state, or to stop working correctly as a result of becoming old or damaged

go downhill

to get worse

go off

Britishinformal to become worse in quality

go to pot

if something goes to pot, it loses all of its good qualities because no one takes care of it

go to rack and ruin

if a building goes to rack and ruin, the condition of it becomes bad

regress

verb

to return to a previous and usually less developed state or condition

rot

verb

to be in a physical or mental condition that is gradually getting worse

sink

verb

to become worse

slip

verb

to become gradually less strong or good, or to move into a worse condition

slip into

to gradually start to be in a bad state or situation

suffer

verb

to become worse or less successful

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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