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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

if the least wanted situation develops If worst comes to worst, we can ask Dad to send us some more money.
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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 very worst thing happens.
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We can eat our shoes if worse comes to worst, but we couldn't drink 'em.
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