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English definition of “the worm turns”

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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)
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