if the worst comes to the worst


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if the worst comes to the worst

  (British, American & Australian) also if worst comes to worst (American)
something that you say in order to tell someone what you will do if a situation becomes very difficult or serious If the worst comes to the worst, we'll have to give them our bed and sleep on the floor. If worst came to worst, could we sell the car to raise some extra cash?
See I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy
See also: come, if, worst
References in classic literature ?
You'll pass for Whitechapel if the worst comes to the worst and you don't forget to talk the lingo.
If the worst comes to the worst, we can both swim, I suppose, and we are not likely to get out of our depth.
He would rather his daughter were a good girl than a bad one, but if the worst comes to the worst, the old man will not do what Virginius did.
If he is alive, I can make him one from this time; and, if--if--' said the Jew, drawing nearer to the other,--'it's not likely, mind,--but if the worst comes to the worst, and he is dead--'
It will make no difference if the worst comes to the worst.
I don't know what the number is,' said Tom; 'but Manchester Buildings isn't a large place; and if the worst comes to the worst it won't take you very long to knock at all the doors on both sides of the way till you find him out.
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