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at worst

Definition of at worst

  1. —used to refer to a result, condition, etc., that is the worst one possible <At worst, you'll have to pay a fine, but you won't lose your license.> <At best the government is incompetent, and at worst, it is totally corrupt.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. : superlative of bad or of ill

    :  most corrupt, bad, evil, or ill

    :  most unfavorable, difficult, unpleasant, or painful

  1. : superlative of ill or illy or of bad or badly

    :  to the extreme degree of badness or inferiority

    :  to the greatest or highest degree

  1. :  one that is worst

  1. :  to get the better of :  defeat

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to proceed clumsily or ineffectually

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