Idiom of the Week – “Take a turn for the worse”



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!