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come off worst

To lose or experience the most negative aspects of something. Did you see his black eye? He must have come off worst in that fight!
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LIAM LINDSAY 6 Big and organised at the back but forced off after coming off worst in a crunching challenge with Draper.
Coming off worst in a five-goal game at the Vitality - largely because of a mixture of sloppy play and stupid defensive errors - means the pressure is very much back on for the visit of Aston Villa.
There were a number of crashes, with Hector Barbera coming off worst in his encounter with Jack Miller at the chicane on lap one as he was taken from the track on a stretcher, although he was conscious and appeared to be unharmed.
If you keep these few common-sense guidelines in mind you could go a long way towards managing the aftermath of an accident and preventing yourself from coming off worst.What to do if you're involved in an accident
The Blues sustained one casualty during the RDS defeat, with Dafydd Hewitt suffering a cut to the face after coming off worst in a nasty collision with opposing inside centre Ian Madigan.
Karimova has reportedly been under house arrest in Tashkent since February, after coming off worst in a power struggle with the influential head of Uzbekistan's domestic intelligence service, Rustam Inoyatov, and her own mother Tatyana Karimova and younger sister Lola Karimova-Tillyayeva.
CLARET & BLUE: A bloodied Kolarov after coming off worst in a battle for the ball
"VERY, VERY DIFFICULT" After coming off worst in their previous coalition, the SPD will be loath to do a deal with Merkel this time unless she pays a high price in terms of cabinet posts and policies.
King's Lynn then lost Simon Stead with a shoulder injury, the Yorkshireman coming off worst in a three-man tangle on the first bend with the Bees' Stuart Robson seemingly fortunate to be invited back for the re-run.
And Derry were dealt a blow soon after when McEleney was carried off after coming off worst in a clash with Sava.
Vidic's exit after taking a smack on the head will probably rule him out, while Ashley Young seems certain to spend an extended amount of time on the sidelines after coming off worst in a crunching first-half duel with Daniel Agger two days ago.
Vidic's exit after taking a smack on the head will probably rule him out, whilst Ashley Young seems certain to spend an extended amount of time on the sidelines after coming off worst in a crunching first-half duel with Daniel Agger.
On top of that, Janus left around 60 criminals needing hospital treatment for bite injuries after coming off worst in their encounters with him.
Boro's cause was not helped by an injury to Scott Laird that forced them into a reshuffle midway through the half, the full-back coming off worst after a clumsy challenge on Adam Smith.