get the worst of it

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get the worst of it

Also, have the worst of it. Be defeated, experience a disadvantage, or suffer the most harm. For example, In any argument Joe usually gets the worst of it, or If we play the last three games as scheduled, our team is bound to have the worst of it , or The car got the worst of it, and no one was hurt. These phrases survive many older ones (such as go to the worst and come by the worst) in which worst is used in the sense of "defeat," a usage dating from about 1500. Also see get the better (best) of.
See also: get, of, worst

get (or have) the worst of it

be in the least advantageous or successful position; suffer the most.
See also: get, of, worst

get the ˈworst of it

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come off ˈworst

be defeated in a fight, etc.; be affected more seriously than other people, etc: The dog had been fighting and had obviously got the worst of it.Small businesses have come off worst in the economic crisis.
See also: get, of, worst