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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.
"I feared the worst, until I saw your car, Clayton.
I would not forward it, unless I 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.
When a tearful, pain-ridden Andy Murray fell at the first hurdle in Australia a few short months ago, a nation feared the worst for a national sporting hero.
The Dundee kid's father feared the worst for his boy who has only just returned from nine months out recovering from a knee op.
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.
Friends told yesterday how they now "feared the worst" for Gazza.
The minute I saw the team sheet and formation I feared the worst. I'm just grateful we didn't lose.
SIR Ian McKellen has told how he feared the worst when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer.
I feared the worst, too, when I saw those television pictures, so it's just fantastic that Fabrice is making progress and slowly working his way back to health.
Bendtner added that he feared the worst soon after he suffered the injury and was worried whether the injury would heal soon or not
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.