if the worst comes to the worst


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if (the) worst comes to (the) worst

If the least ideal or preferred outcome happens. Even if worst comes to worst and it rains on our wedding day, we'll make the best of it. I know you don't want to think about it, but, if the worst comes to the worst, what would you do in a zombie apocalypse?
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if (the) worst comes to (the) worst

Prov. in the worst possible circumstances; if the worst possible thing should happen. We should be able to catch the four-thirty train, but if the worst comes to the worst, we could get a taxi and still get into town on time. Of course, I hope that your wife's health recovers, but if worst comes to worst, I want you to know that we'd be happy to have you stay with us.
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if worst comes to worst

Also, if worse comes to worst. In the least favorable situation, if the worst possible outcome occurs. For example, If worst comes to worst and the budget is not approved, the government will shut down, or Go ahead and go to school with a cold; if worse comes to worst the teacher will send you home . This expression is nearly always followed by a solution. [Late 1500s]
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if the worst comes to the worst

if the most serious or difficult circumstances arise.
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if the ˌworst comes to the ˈworst

(American English also if ˌworst comes to ˈworst) if the most unpleasant or unfortunate thing happens: If the worst comes to the worst, we’ll just have to sell the car.
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if (the) worst comes to (the) worst

If the very worst thing happens.
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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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