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(even) a worm will turn

Definition of even a worm will turn in English:

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.
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