be worse off

be worse off

To be in a more problematic or troublesome state. Once I have to start paying on my student loans, I'll be worse off than I am now.
See also: off, worse

be ˌworse ˈoff

be poorer, unhappier, etc. than before or than somebody else: The increase in taxes means that we’ll be £40 a month worse off than before. OPPOSITE: be better off
See also: off, worse
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I hope it is great and we are all better off, but fear that we may all be worse off, and am sure that the majority of those that voted leave don't expect to be worse off.
Around 40,000 disabled people in Scotland will be worse off if the UK Government press ahead with their changes to the Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Social Justice Secretary Alex Neil said today.
Almost all prices, are going up early in 2008, pensioners will be worse off at the end of 2008 than at the beginning of the year.
Unless pensions are increased by the same percentage amount as other price increases, all pensioners will be worse off, at the end of 2008