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  1. of the worst possibility; being the worst result that could be expected under the circumstances: a worst-case scenario.
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Origin of worst-case

First recorded in 1960–65
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British Dictionary definitions for worst case

worst case

    1. a situation in which the most unfavourable conditions prevail
    2. (as modifier)a worst-case projection of a massive accident
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