the worst of both worlds

the worst of both worlds

the least satisfactory parts of two different things By making his parents and his teachers angry with him, Jim seemed to have the worst of both worlds.
Opposite of: the best of both worlds
See also: both, of, world, worst
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Unfortunately, we are now left with the worst of both worlds.
Mike O'Connor, chief executive of industry watchdog Consumer Focus, said: "What mustn't happen is that consumers end up with the worst of both worlds - paying for accounts but still enduring unfair charges, complex products, mis-selling and poor customer service.
What is currently proposed is the worst of both worlds.
That gives you the worst of both worlds for developing leaks as the hot-oil system heats up--lower viscosity and bigger openings.
SIR - The one good thing which has emerged from the Government's shambolic Cabinet reshuffle is that it has demonstrated that Wales is getting the worst of both worlds.
In fact, however, just the opposite is true in China, where Stalinism meets capitalism, combining the worst of both worlds.
Neither position is tenable, and by flipping back and forth between the two, Buchanan manages to get the worst of both worlds.
In fact, one observer, economics professor Timothy Bates of New York City's New School for Social Research, argues that the federal government's policies frequently show entrepreneurs the worst of both worlds.
This would be the worst of both worlds, requiring companies to make daylight savings time changes twice," adds Nicholson.
Real-life dramas often manage to combine the worst of both worlds.
The costs of the tunnel are escalating and there are bound to be problems in a project this size ( having a 50-50 split would lead to the worst of both worlds.
It has managed to achieve the worst of both worlds by leaving mothers without support, and hounding fathers sometimes to the brink of suicide.
Now the Chinese people are in many ways suffering the worst of both worlds, while the apologists for capitalism -- both in Beijing and in Washington -- claim the magic of the market will cure all ills.