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 aller (audio) \

Definition of pis aller

: a last resource or device

First Known Use of pis aller

1676, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pis aller

French, literally, to go worst

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“Pis aller.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pis%20aller. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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