pis aller

noun
pis al·​ler | \ ˌpē-za-ˈlā How to pronounce pis aller (audio) \
plural pis allers\ ˌpē-​za-​ˈlā(z) How to pronounce pis allers (audio) \

Definition of pis aller

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a last resource or device

laissez-aller

French noun
lais·​sez-al·​ler | \ le-sā-ä-lā How to pronounce laissez-aller (audio) \
variants: or laisser-aller

Definition of laissez-aller (Entry 2 of 2)

: letting go : carelessness : slovenliness

First Known Use of pis aller

Noun

1676, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pis aller

Noun

French, literally, to go worst

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