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To make something worse

worsen

verb

to become worse, or to make something worse

compound

verb

to make a problem or difficult situation worse

escalate

verb

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

inflame

verb

to make a situation worse by making people more angry or excited

exacerbate

verb

to make a problem worse

complicate

verb

to make a medical condition more dangerous or difficult to treat

do more harm than good

to make a situation worse instead of better

aggravate

verb

to make something bad become worse, especially a situation or a medical condition

add fuel to the fire/flames

to make a bad situation even worse by saying or doing something that makes someone angry

make matters/things worse

used for talking about something that makes a bad situation worse

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the design of buildings or public spaces in a way which discourages people from touching, climbing or sitting on them …

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