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things things that go bump in the night supernatural beings, ghosts. A humorous way of referring to the supernatural, originally as a quotation from The Cornish or West-Country Litany, recorded from the early 20th century.
when things are at the worst, they begin to mend proverbial saying, mid 18th century; meaning that when a bad situation has reached its worst possible point, the next change must reflect at least a small improvement.

See also all things are possible with God, bad things come in threes, little things please little minds, things past cannot be recalled, thing, three things are not to be trusted.