pis aller


pis al·​ler ˌpē-za-ˈlā How to pronounce pis aller (audio)
plural pis allers ˌpē-za-ˈlā(z) How to pronounce pis aller (audio)
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Word History


French, literally, to go worst

First Known Use

1676, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pis aller was in 1676

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Cite this Entry

“Pis aller.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pis%20aller. Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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