for better or (for) worse


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for better or (for) worse

Whether something is good or bad. Our marriage has had its share of challenges, but we've vowed to stay together, for better or worse.
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for better or for worse

under any conditions; no matter what happens. I married you for better or for worse. For better or for worse, I'm going to quit my job.
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for better or for worse

Under good or bad circumstances, with good or bad effect. For example, For better or for worse he trusts everyone. This term became widely familiar because it appears in the marriage service of the Book of Common Prayer (1549): "With this ring I thee wed, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, for better or worse, til death do us part." [Late 1300s]
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for ˌbetter or (for) ˈworse

whether the result is good or bad: I’ve decided, for better or for worse, to leave my job.
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for better or (for) worse

Whether the situation or consequences be good or ill: For better or worse, he trusts everyone.
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