for better or worse


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for better or (for) worse

this could be good or bad We now have a new government, for better or for worse.
Usage notes: said about things you think are not likely to be very good
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for better or (for) worse

  also for better, for worse
if a situation exists or happens for better or for worse, it exists or happens whether its results are good or bad
Usage notes: This phrase is used in a traditional marriage ceremony in which the man and woman promise to stay together whether their life is good or bad.
France has a new government, for better or for worse. We cannot deny that our childhood experiences affect us, for better, for worse.
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for better or (for) worse

Whether the situation or consequences be good or ill: For better or worse, he trusts everyone.
See also: better, worse