pis aller

[pee za-ley]
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pis aller

  1. a last resort; stopgap

Word Origin for pis aller

literally: (at) the worst going
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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."

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