Which means I'm right as rain

Idiom: From the rain to the eaves

Often one wonders whether things can get worse. And then it happens - it goes from bad to worse

"Uff," sighs Anna, "tomorrow we'll have another math test. And I haven't quite understood the last few exercises. Hopefully our math teacher will be sick tomorrow." "You just don't wish that," Felix replies quickly. "You know that we will then write the test with the temporary worker. And that is even stricter. You are not even allowed to go to the bathroom for a short time. That would really make us sick."

Felix's fear is certainly well founded: The substitute teacher is considered a strict woman with sharp eyes who sees every sideways glance immediately and punishes them. In contrast to her math teacher, she is certainly the greater evil. And that is exactly what "from bad to worse" means: to exchange one evil for an even greater one.

The phrase probably comes from the Orient and has been in use in German-speaking countries since the 17th century. When it rains, the water runs down from the roof through the gutter over the eaves and pours down there in a gush. If you are looking for protection from the rain under a protruding roof and are not careful, you can get into the eaves - and get soaked all the more.

Incidentally, Anna's wish has not come true. Your math teacher didn't get sick and the test took place. But Felix studied hard with Anna all afternoon, so that everything went well again.

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