could do worse

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of could do worse

used to say that a particular choice, action, etc., is not a bad one
  • You could do worse than to vote for her.

Word by Word Definitions

could play
  1. : past tense of can

  2. used in auxiliary function in the past, in the past conditional, and as an alternative to can suggesting less force or certainty or as a polite form in the present

do play
  1. : to bring to pass : carry out

  2. : put

  3. : perform, execute

  1. : fuss, ado

  2. : deed, duty

  3. : a festive get-together : affair, party

  1. : the first tone of the major scale in solfège

worse play
  1. : comparative of bad

  2. : or of ill

  3. : of more inferior quality, value, or condition

  1. : one that is worse

  1. : comparative of bad

  2. : or badly

  3. : or of ill


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