adjective, superl. of bad and ill.
verb (used with object)
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WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH worstworst wurst
British Dictionary definitions for at worst
- in the least favourable interpretation or view
- under the least favourable conditions
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Idioms and Phrases with at worst (1 of 2)
Also, at the worst.
In the least favorable circumstance; under the most difficult conditions. For example, Convicted of taking a bribe, the official believed that at worst he would be sentenced to a few months in prison. [1500s]
In the least favorable view or supposition, as in No harm done; at the worst I'll copy the tax return again. Chaucer used this sense in Troilus and Cressida: “For at the worst, it may yet short our way.” [Late 1300s] For the antonym, see at best.
Idioms and Phrases with at worst (2 of 2)
see at worst; get (have) the worst of it; if worst comes to worst; in the worst way. Also see under worse.