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nightmare

informal Something that is quite annoying, challenging, or stressful. A: "So now I have to copy all this paperwork and organize it by five o'clock tonight." B: "Wow, good luck to you. That sounds like a nightmare." Our flight to Disney was an absolute nightmare—just screaming and crying kids left and right.

nightmare scenario

The worst, most detrimental thing that could possibly happen. Losing one of our sponsors at a time like this would be a nightmare scenario for the company. The loss of Tom's salary created a nightmare scenario for us in the face of all our outstanding debt.
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out of a nightmare

Very scary, surprising, or unpleasant. Walking through that giant web was like something out of a nightmare. If I have a spider in my hair, I'm gonna lose it! This creepy old house is right out of a nightmare—it's the perfect setting for our movie.
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worst-case scenario

The worst possible thing that could happen. We don't expect it to happen, but we need to plan for the worst-case scenario. The worst-case scenario here is that we lose the next three games and miss the playoffs. The best-case scenario is that we win out and get a bye in the first round.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

worst-case scenario

Cliché the worse possible future outcome. Now, let's look at the worst-case scenario. In the worst-case scenario, we're all dead.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

worst-case scenario

n. the worst possible future outcome. Now, let’s look at the worst-case scenario.
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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

worst-case scenario

See best/worst case scenario.
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The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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