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the person or thing that is worse than all others
This year's harvest is the worst that people can remember.
Last year was
by far the worst
much worse than any other
for road accidents.
the worst is over
The worst of it is
the worst part of the situation is
, I can't tell anyone what's happening.
at its/his etc worst
You saw the garden at its worst, I'm afraid
when it is worse than any other time
the worst of something
most of something, or the most unpleasant or difficult part of it
The worst of the storm seemed to be over.
expect/fear the worst
to expect or fear that something will not be successful or something bad will happen
When it got so late and they still weren't home, I began to fear the worst.
get/have the worst of it
to lose a fight or argument
at (the) worst
if things are as bad as they can be
Choosing the right software can be time-consuming
and confusing or frustrating
do your/his/her/their worst
used to say that someone can try to harm you but they will not be able to
They can do their worst now, because I'm leaving in three weeks.
if the worst comes to the worst
especially British English
if worst comes to worst
especially American English
if the situation develops in the worst possible way
If the worst comes to the worst, we'll sell the car.
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Advanced Learner's Dictionary.
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