proverb (Even) a meek person will resist or retaliate if pushed too far: it was predictable that one day the worm would turn
More example sentences
- On one level, Heathcliff's ‘writhing’ allusion is clearly to the proverbial truth that, given sufficient provocation, ‘even a worm will turn’.
- You know a worm will turn if it is trodden on?
- Lady Ushant was as meek as a worm, but a worm will turn.
Definition of even a worm will turn in:
- The US English dictionary