- a shallow, long-handled pan in which food is fried.
- out of the frying pan into the fire, free of one predicament but immediately in a worse one.
- a long-handled shallow pan used for frying
- out of the frying pan into the fire from a bad situation to a worse one
From a bad situation to one that is much worse. For example, After Karen quit the first law firm she went to one with even longer hours—out of the frying pan into the fire. This expression, a proverb in many languages, was first recorded in English in 1528.