fear the worst

idiom

: to fear that the worst possible thing has happened
When we heard there had been an accident, we feared the worst.

Examples of fear the worst in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Jogging out toward left field, where Corbin Carroll was on the ground, hurt on the warning track, Lovullo couldn’t help but fear the worst on Saturday night. Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, 1 May 2023 But even as earnings are forecast to slump to their lowest level in three years, investors fear the worst is yet to come. Nicole Goodkind, CNN, 19 Apr. 2023 The number of suicides in Lake County has stayed more or less flat over the past 18 months, but officials fear the worst is yet to come. James T. Norman, chicagotribune.com, 20 Sep. 2021 The spike has coincided with a flurry of new pandemic-restrictions in Maryland this week as health experts and regional leaders fear the worst is yet to come. Washington Post, 13 Nov. 2020 Meanwhile, renters like Peñate fear the worst may be far from over. Matthew Brown, USA TODAY, 24 June 2021 Many companies and leaders fear the worst when the topic of sabbaticals comes up. Nick Leighton, Forbes, 1 June 2022 The buzzing cellphone messages led some residents to fear the worst. Washington Post, 21 Apr. 2021 When her parents and eldest brother were hospitalized with COVID-19 last year, Kelly Styers didn't fear the worst. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 25 Feb. 2021 See More

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“Fear the worst.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fear%20the%20worst. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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