out of the frying pan into the fire

frying pan

a shallow, long-handled pan in which food is fried.
out of the frying pan into the fire, free of one predicament but immediately in a worse one.
Also, fry-pan, frypan [frahy-pan] .
Also called skillet.

1350–1400; Middle English fryinge panne

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frying pan or esp (US) fry-pan
1.  a long-handled shallow pan used for frying
2.  out of the frying pan into the fire from a bad situation to a worse one
fry-pan or esp (US) fry-pan

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out of the frying pan into the fire

From a bad situation to one that is much worse. For example, After Karen quit the first law firm she went to one with even longer hoursout of the frying pan into the fire. This expression, a proverb in many languages, was first recorded in English in 1528.

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