from the frying pan into the fire

From the frying pan into the fire is a phrase used when you go from a bad situation to one that is even worse. It is a way of saying that due to some unforeseen circumstances, the situation which seemed to be horribly bad already has now become even worse. This may also be used in relation to someone that has intentionally done something that has further worsened the situation in question. From the frying pan to the fire is a way of saying the heat is even hotter and more severe.