of the worst possibility; being the worst result that could be expected under the circumstances: a worst-case scenario.
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sheer, all-out, ultimate, unconditional, absolute, uttermost, entire, full, last, top, chief, outside, total, whole, final, complete, exhaustive, farthest, highest, most
- worst case,
- worth one's salt,
- worth one's weight in gold
Origin of worst-case
First recorded in 1960–65
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- a situation in which the most unfavourable conditions prevail
- (as modifier)a worst-case projection of a massive accident
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