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Words used to describe difficult situations - synonyms or related words



involving a lot of anger or arguments



an acrimonious situation is unpleasant because people feel angry towards each other



an uneasy situation is not settled or calm, and it could quickly change and get worse

one thing after another

used for saying that you are very angry or upset because you have a lot of problems to deal with

in the wrong place at the wrong time

used for saying that something bad happened to someone because they were not lucky, not because they made a mistake

trouble is brewing (for)

used for saying that a difficult, dangerous, or violent situation is developing

(in) for it

used for saying that you are going to be in trouble because of something that you have done

it’s not someone’s day

used for saying that someone is having a lot of problems

out of the frying pan (and) into the fire

used for saying that someone who was in a bad situation is now in a worse situation

it never rains but it pours

used for saying that problems often seem to happen all at the same time. The American phrase is when it rains, it pours.

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a hatred of certain sounds, such as sniffling, mouth noises, breathing or lip smacking

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