What does the saying out of the frying pan mean?

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asked Mar 24 in Words & Wordplay by alicdonald (300 points)
What does the saying out of the frying pan mean?

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answered Mar 24 by Finnegancoly (340 points)
The saying out of the frying pan means to get out of a bad or difficult situation and into worse situation than they were already in.

So when someone says they got out of the frying pan they mean they left a bad situation but got into a worse situation by doing so.

It more commonly is referred to as getting out of the frying pan and into the fire which means a worse situation.

The phrase out of the frying pan was the subject of a 15th-century fable that eventually entered the Aesopic cano.

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