a worm will turn


a worm will turn
(even) a worm will turn proverb (even) a meek person will resist or retaliate if pushed too far.
Main Entry: worm

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  • a worm will turn — (even) a worm will turn proverb (even) a meek person will resist or retaliate if pushed too far …   Useful english dictionary

  • (the) worm will turn — the ˌworm will ˈturn idiom (saying) a person who is normally quiet and does not complain will protest when the situation becomes too hard to bear Main entry: ↑wormidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • even a worm will turn — Even the humblest will strike back if harassed or imposed upon too far. 1546 J. HEYWOOD Dialogue of Proverbs II. iv. G4v Treade a worme on the tayle, and it must turne agayne. 1592 R. GREENE Groatsworth of Wit XII. 143 Stop shallow water still… …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • even a worm will turn — ► (even) a worm will turn proverb (even) a meek person will resist or retaliate if pushed too far. Main Entry: ↑worm …   English terms dictionary

  • even a worm will turn —    This expression means that even someone who never complains will react to an intolerable situation.     Don t treat him so severely. He never protests, but even a worm will turn! …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • the smallest worm will turn, being trodden on — Meaning Origin From Shakespeare s Henry VI. Part III …   Meaning and origin of phrases

  • worm may turn — Even the meek will ultimately rebel if always maltreated. * /Sam may think that he can continue to mistreat his wife, but, knowing her, I think that some day the worm may turn./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • worm may turn — Even the meek will ultimately rebel if always maltreated. * /Sam may think that he can continue to mistreat his wife, but, knowing her, I think that some day the worm may turn./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • worm\ may\ turn — Even the meek will ultimately rebel if always maltreated. Sam may think that he can continue to mistreat his wife, but, knowing her, I think that some day the worm may turn …   Словарь американских идиом

  • worm — ► NOUN 1) an earthworm or other creeping or burrowing invertebrate animal having a long slender soft body and no limbs. 2) (worms) intestinal or other internal parasites. 3) a maggot regarded as eating dead bodies buried in the ground. 4)… …   English terms dictionary