In the sentence I've found in the dictionary while exploring the meaning of the word matter:

To make matters worse, our car broke down.

Couldn't you explain the meaning of it. I'm particular interested in the To make matters worse phrase. I presume it means that we were not being good and the things become even worse when our car broke down.

  • Matters refers to the situation at hand. One could also say "to make things worse..."
    – TimR
    Sep 9, 2015 at 20:13

1 Answer 1


Correct. Things were already not going well, and then something bad with a likely unrelated cause happened, compounding into a worse situation.

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