Look at this married couple with Death looking over their shoulder. Do they look healthy to you? Perhaps a little under the weather? More than that, judging by the looks on their faces, they have clearly taken a turn for the worse. They look much more than sick — they’ve taken such a turn for the worse, that they look to be at Death’s door.
Don’t worry, these students from our Halloween celebration last October are only illustrating what it means to take a turn for the worse – to become more ill. Frequently, this idiom is used for diseases that rapidly become worse. Often, the word sudden will be used to indicate a very quick and unexpected change.
It’s easy to learn idiomatic expressions when you are enrolled in English classes in Miami!