- the last resort or the final resource.
Examples from the Web for pis aller
All this, of course, was but making the best of a pis-aller.Benjamin Franklin; Self-Revealed, Volume II (of 2)
Wiliam Cabell Bruce
The hospitable vicar had suggested dinner—lunch as a pis-aller.The Gay Adventure
As a pis-aller, this was accepted; and Ries remained at Arnsberg about nine months, after which he returned home.The Life of Ludwig van Beethoven, Volume I (of 3)
Alexander Wheelock Thayer
The whole is an extravagant riot of second bests, a pandemonium of pis-aller.What's Wrong With The World
- a last resort; stopgap
Word Origin and History for pis aller
"last resource, what one would do at the worst," 1670s, French, literally "to go worse," from pis "worse," from Latin peius, neuter of peior "worse" (see pejorative) + aller "to go."