bring out the worst in (one)

bring out the worst in (one)

To cause one to exhibit one's worst traits. Your kids always misbehave when I watch them, so I must bring out the worst in them. Sports always seem to bring out the worst in competitive guys like Tad.
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bring out the ˈworst in somebody

make somebody show their worst qualities: Pressure can bring out the worst in people. OPPOSITE: bring out the best in somebody
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