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The worm turns

Posted by Jennie on July 03, 2003

Hi,

I know that the idiom, the worm has turned, originates from the phrase, "the smallest worm will turn, being trodden on." I know the idiom's current use.

I don't understand the meaning of the origin. What does it mean for a worm to turn? Please help me out, if you can.

Jennie