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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 for worse. For better or worse, he's your brother. And he needs your help.
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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

for better or for worse

In whatever circumstances, good or bad. The term became famous through its presence in the marriage service of the Book of Common Prayer (1549), where bride and bridegroom each must pledge to hold by the other “for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness or in health.” This expression was derived from the still older Sarum Manual (ca. 1500), which in turn may have taken it from John Gower’s Confessio Amantis (ca. 1390), “For bet, for wers, for oght, for noght.” Today it is used quite loosely, as in “For better or for worse, I’ve made a down payment on the condo.”
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