bring out the worst in

Definition of bring out the worst in

:to cause someone to show his or her worst qualities
  • I think competition brings out the worst in people.
  • Drinking brings out the worst in him.

Word by Word Definitions

bring play
  1. : to convey, lead, carry, or cause to come along with one toward the place from which the action is being regarded

  2. : to cause to be, act, or move in a special way: such as

  3. : attract

out play
  1. : in a direction away from the inside or center

  2. : outside

  3. : from among others

  1. : eject, oust

  2. : to identify publicly as being such secretly

  3. : to become publicly known

  1. used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. : situated outside : external

  2. : out-of-bounds

  3. : situated at a distance : outlying

  1. : outside

  2. : one who is out of office or power or on the outside

  3. : an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball

  1. : in a manner that exceeds or surpasses and sometimes overpowers or defeats

worst play
  1. : superlative of bad

  2. : or of ill

  3. : most corrupt, bad, evil, or ill

  1. : superlative of ill

  2. : or illy

  3. : or of bad

  1. : one that is worst

  1. : to get the better of : defeat


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