have the worst of (something)

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have the worst of (something)

To feel or experience the brunt or the most negative aspects of something. I had 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 had the worst of it.
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For a moment he appeared to be conscious of having the worst of the argument, then, rallying again, he answered the objection of his antagonist in the best manner his limited information would allow:
TOTESCOOP THIS Leg 1: Epsom Leg 2: Epsom Leg 3: Leg 4: Epsom Leg 5: Epsom Leg 6: Epsom Win fund: Bonus fund: Staying on the Downs for the Dash and the selection is Free Zone who could go off at a big price for new trainer Robert Cowell after having the worst of the draw at Chester last time.
Conditions at both tracks currently have heavy in the going description, but the north-east venue has been having the worst of the rain.
Westwood, who has been struggling with a calf injury, carded a 67 yesterday despite arguably having the worst of the conditions in the afternoon.
The result was no one had a good time with Al and Sasha having the worst of it.
England's Mark Foster had posted the first sub-par round of the day despite having the worst of the conditions, carding a 69 to finish four over par.
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