Bark is worse than their bite - Someone who's bark is worse than their bite may well get angry and shout, but doesn't take action.
Fate worse than death - Describing something as a fate worse than death is a fairly common way of implying that it is unpleasant.
Worse for wear - If something's worse for wear, it has been used for a long time and, consequently, isn't in very good condition. A person who's worse for wear is drunk or high on drugs and looking rough.
Worse things happen at sea - This idiomatic expression is used as a way of telling someone not to worry so much about their problems.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. werse, worse, wurse, AS. wiersa, wyrsa, a comparative with no corresponding positive; akin to OS. wirsa, OFries. wirra, OHG. wirsiro, Icel. verri, Sw. värre, Dan. värre, Goth. waírsiza, and probably to OHG. werran, to bring into confusion, E. war, and L. verrere, to sweep, sweep along. As bad, has no comparative and superlative, worse, and worst, are used in lieu of them, although etymologically they have no relation to bad,
The rapids seemed to be getting worse and worse as we went down the stream.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Does it make it better or worse, I wonder, that I am rich, and the question of money does not enter in?
"The Lady of the Basement Flat" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
They must get either better or worse, Graeme thought, and worse it was.
"Janet's Love and Service" by Margaret M Robertson
Suppose he were taken worse?
"Jack at Sea" by George Manville Fenn
Why should it be worse to say things than to think them?
"Out in the Forty-Five" by Emily Sarah Holt
And it's all grown worse since.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
There might have been worse news.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
It is worse than Glasgow, worse than Manchester, worse than Birmingham.
"Gossamer" by George A. Birmingham
Things were going from bad to worse, and life was already a burden to him.
"The Fifth Form at Saint Dominic's" by Talbot Baines Reed
But I wish I had never done anything worse!
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 108, October, 1866" by Various
And then she lost her dolly,
Her very doll of all!
That loss was far from jolly,
But worse things did befall.
"The Girl That Lost Things" by George MacDonald
If I love, why am I thus?
Why this dull and lifeless frame?
Hardly, sure, can they be worse,
Who have never heard his name!
"Lovest Thou Me?" by John Newton
'Twas not because no show'rs did flow
Of heav'nly manna, at my door;
But by my folly I'm into
A worse condition than before.
"The Believer's Soliloquy; Especially in Times of Desertion, Temptation, Affliction, &c." by Ralph Erskine
Ah! what would the world be to us
If the children were no more?
We should dread the desert behind us
Worse than the dark before.
"Children. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The First)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
'Now Heaven forefend that ill grow worse:
Enough that ill be ill.
I know of a spell to draw May Carleton,
And bend her to your will.'
"The Priest's Heart" by Charles Kingsley
At the altar you took me for better or worse:
Am I worse than you took me for--say,
Am I worse than you took me for, say?
"Grounds For Divorce." by George Pope Morris
When it comes to data storage and backup, Federal IT managers are facing a daunting challenge that promises to get worse over time, according to a new survey.
What's made it worse is we haven't been used to it.
Why Obama's Deficit Spending Is Making Things Worse.
I think the country would actually be worse off if there were no classic horse race polls during a presidential election.
Conditions could get worse this evening.
Perhaps, if anything, things may even be getting worse, if anyone could have imagined such a thing.
Nobody's had a worse offseason than Xavier.
Blizzard a Big Inconvenience, but Could Have Been Much Worse.
Hot News For those of you keeping score…this year still is the second worse on record for West Nile.
Yes, it's true: Aside from Valentine's Day, there may be no worse night to dine out in this town than New Year's Eve.
A look back at 2007, for better and mostly worse.
Labor thugs make economic hard times worse.
'For Better or for Worse' Starts Over.
Sears Holdings last quarter performed even worse than feared, dimming hopes for the company to complete what would now be a massive—and surprising—turnaround.
Conditions expected to get worse.
However, here matters would be computationally worse.
Average number of distinct part sizes in a random Carlitz composition
The performance for ISUB = 402 is apparently worse than the others because the singularity structure is much complicated in this subprocess.
GR@PPA_4b: A Four Bottom Quark Production Event Generator for PP/PPbar Collisions
The results cannot be worse than those obtained by the original method, once no further sources of inaccuracies are introduced.
Simple Dynamics for Broad Histogram Method
In both cases, setting the absorption to the Galactic value gave a worse ﬁt.
X-ray Source Population in the Elliptical Galaxy NGC 720 with Chandra
The value of t for the PFP estimator is a bit smaller than for the SML estimator, con ﬁrming its worse performance .
An invitation to quantum tomography (II)