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After watching a funny YouTube video of a kid spilling his water and then immediately slipping on it, I came up with a unique idiom today:

I hope you spill your water and slip on it.

or:

I spilled my water and slipped on it.

With the rough meaning:

  1. Making a mistake that causes utter failure.
  2. Emphasis on a mistake that results in massive, negative consequences.

Are there any other, more common idioms that can fit this meaning or come close to it? Something that suggests a compounding of loses perhaps?

I found this idiom to be close (found here) but I don't think it fits the criteria of being common and it may not be easily decipherable:

himalayan blunder

It took me a moment to realize this didn't mean a blunder the size of a mountain but instead a mistake made while climbing a himalayan mountain (say Mount Everest) would most likely spell doom.

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Misfortunes never come singly

This proverb (self-explanatory) means that bad things tend to happen in groups. For example:

I already told you that my wife lost her job. Well, misfortunes never come singly; our house was robbed last night.

Less idiomatic, but closer to question: one error leading to another

  • It's not exactly common and not an idiom but I think it comes closest to what I'm asking. Thanks. – Michael Rader Oct 4 '15 at 22:46
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Here are some idioms related to making a mistake and paying the price for it: They may be what you're looking for

(slap on the wrist) If you get a slap on the wrist, you receive mild punishment, or you are reprimanded for something you have done. Ex: I got a slap on the wrist from my wife for leaving the kitchen in a mess.

(one's own undoing) If you do something that is the cause of your own failure, loss or downfall, it is your own undoing. You can blame nobody but yourself. Ex: If he continues to gamble like that, it will be his own undoing.

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Out of the frying pan into the fire is a common one:

  • said when you ​move from a ​bad or ​difficult ​situation to one that is ​worse

(Cambridge.Dictionary)

Out of the frying pan into the fire , out of the frying pan (and) into the fire:

  • Fig. from a bad situation to a worse situation. (*Typically: get ~; go ~; jump ~.)

    • When I tried to argue about my fine for a traffic violation, the judge charged me with contempt of court. I really went out of the frying pan into the fire.

    • I got deeply in debt. Then I really got out of the frying pan into the fire when I lost my job.

(McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms)

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    That's a good one, but can you include a couple examples of it being used? "I hope you go out of the frying pan into the fire"? Sounds a bit awkward. – Michael Rader Oct 4 '15 at 9:36
  • This doesn't work - the phrase implies that you've escaped one problem only to fall into another. In all these cases, your first problem remains - you still owe the traffic fine, you're still in debt, you still spilled your water... None of these satisfy the "Out of the frying pan" part of this idiom. – Darrel Hoffman Oct 4 '15 at 15:23
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Consider Go from bad to worse.

go from bad to worse: to progress from a bad situation to one that is worse (McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms)

Alternately (not really as common of an idiom as my first suggestion though), how about go from snafu to tarfu?

SNAFU: acronym for "Situation Normal All Fucked Up"

TARFU: acronym for "Things Are Really Fucked Up" (Urban Dictionary)

  • It's interesting that this is even an idiom since it so literally means what it states. *And I think you meant "from bad to worse." – Michael Rader Oct 4 '15 at 10:24
  • @MichaelRader Sure, but still an idiom... – Elian Oct 4 '15 at 11:20
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When it rains, it pours.

This has the bad-leads-to-worse implication, which might be appropriate. (It also involves water, so could be an apt metaphor.) One thing it's lacking is a "mistake". This is just one bad thing leading to another and nobody is to blame. But otherwise it fits.

  • This is pretty close but I couldn't use it in the same way that I used my idiom. This is more of direct statement that can really only work alone. – Michael Rader Oct 4 '15 at 22:43

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