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fear the worst

To worry or expect that the worst possible outcome will happen. I feared the worst when the boss called me into her office, but she just wanted to go over travel plans for the upcoming conference. It'll be a few days before we get the test results back, so try not to fear the worst.
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He answered inconsiderately, however, that the doctor feared the worst.
In an instant his head was in, and for another I feared the worst.
I associated that instrument with the single weakness of his nature, and I feared the worst when I saw it glittering in his hand.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger feared the worst and scans revealed significant damage.
A STUDENT who saw the aftermath of a horror collision in St Helens said she feared the worst after coming across the crash.
Spectators feared the worst when Austin Dillon's car flipped out of control and careered into the crash fence during the NASCAR race in Daytona, Florida.
The minute I saw the team sheet and formation I feared the worst.
Hearing the PA man's plea for the owner to 'return to the vehicle immediately', Lepkowski feared the worst.
Sitting with her husband Mike, 63, just opposite the well in their picture-perfect garden in Abbots Morton, Worcestershire, an unharmed Mrs Brooks said she feared the worst when she lost her footing and plummeted towards the bottom of the pitch- black well.
As the day started turning into night the authorities feared the worst and the search was extended into the dead zone under the supervision of the UN.
Witnesses said they feared the worst for the driver after the accident which happened on the slip road to the A66 on Newport roundabout at 11am yesterday.
RELATIVES of a British woman missing in disaster-struck Haiti said they feared the worst last night as rescuers desperately searched for survivors.
RELATIVES of a British woman missing in disaster-struck Haiti said they feared the worst as rescuers desperately searched for survivors among the rubble.
BALOTELLI must have feared the worst when he turned up for training on Thursday to be confronted by a horse's head.
ALL three emergency services feared the worst when they were called to reports of a motorcycle careering off a road and into a canal.