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get the worst of (something)
To feel or experience the brunt or the most negative aspects of something. I got the worst of the boss's anger over the printing mishap because I'm the first one he saw after hearing about it. The accident wasn't too bad—my bumper got the worst of it.
get the worst of it
Also, have the worst of it. Be defeated, experience a disadvantage, or suffer the most harm. For example, In any argument Joe usually gets the worst of it, or If we play the last three games as scheduled, our team is bound to have the worst of it , or The car got the worst of it, and no one was hurt. These phrases survive many older ones (such as go to the worst and come by the worst) in which worst is used in the sense of "defeat," a usage dating from about 1500. Also see get the better (best) of.