in the worst way


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in the worst way

Desperately and with an extreme desire. I remember wanting that video game in the worst way, and I was so thrilled when my parents bought it for me.
See also: way, worst
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

in the worst way

Fig. very much. I want a new car in the worst way. Bob wants to retire in the worst way.
See also: way, worst
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

in the worst way

Desperately, very much, as in He wanted a new trumpet in the worst way. This usage replaced worst kind. [Colloquial; second half of 1800s]
See also: way, worst
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

in the worst way

Informal
Very much; a great deal: wanted to be elected in the worst way.
See also: way, worst
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.
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