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English definition of “the worm turns”

the worm turns

used to describe when a person or group of people who have been treated badly for a long time suddenly become forceful and stop accepting a difficult situation: It seems the worm has turned - after years of silence local people are beginning to protest about waste emissions from the factory.
(Definition of the worm turns from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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