Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “the worm turns”

See all translations

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.
Translations of “the worm turns”
in Chinese (Traditional) 兔子急了也咬人, 人被逼急了也要反抗…
in Chinese (Simplified) 兔子急了也咬人, 人被逼急了也要反抗…
(Definition of the worm turns from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Word of the Day

beginner's luck

unexpected success experienced by a person who is just starting a particular activity

Word of the Day

Think long and hard; the language of decisions

by Liz Walter,
January 28, 2015
One of the best ways (perhaps the best way) to improve your English is to learn how words go together in phrases, idioms, or other patterns such as verb/noun or adjective/noun pairs (often called ‘collocations’). This blog looks at some useful phrases and collocations connected with the subject of decisions, something we

Read More 

micro pig noun

January 26, 2015
an extremely small pig, bred to be a pet Micro pigs have become popular pets recently, with famous owners including Victoria Beckham, Paris Hilton and Olympic diver, Tom Daley.

Read More