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What's the correct term for when a small problem becomes a big problem? An example would be what happens to Larry David on "Curb Your Enthusiasm"...

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    Larry David on "Curb Your Enthusiasm" Not a very helpful example for those who don't know who Larry David is or what "Curb Your Enthusiasm" is. – user323578 Apr 19 at 16:44
  • Perhaps so, but that seemed to be the epitome of what he does. I'll attempt to find another example... – De Lano Hull Apr 19 at 16:46
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    ...maybe snowball, but I do not know if this is "correct" enough for you. – Cascabel Apr 19 at 17:23
  • Informally, go from bad to worse, or “out of the frying pan into the fire”. – Xanne Apr 20 at 3:42
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Perhaps escalation would cover it. This can describe many things, such as an argument, become more serious:

to increase in extent, volume, number, amount, intensity, or scope

a little war threatens to escalate into a huge ugly one

Merriam-Webster

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I'd rather suggest the word Intensify.

Intensify (Verb)

to become greater, more serious, or more extreme, or to make something do this

When industrial restructuring accelerated in the 1980s, labor-management relations problems intensified.

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Get out of hand is an idiomatic expression that may be of help here:

if a problem/situation get out of hand they become difficult or impossible to control.

  • The student teacher saw that the class was getting completely out of hand, so he asked for help.

(The Free Dictionary)

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