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the worst-case scenario

The worst possible thing that could happen. We don't expect it to happen, but we need to plan for the worst-case scenario. The worst-case scenario here is that we lose the next three games and miss the playoffs. The best-case scenario is that we win out and get a bye in the first round.
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worst-case scenario

Cliché the worse possible future outcome. Now, let's look at the worst-case scenario. In the worst-case scenario, we're all dead.
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worst-case scenario

n. the worst possible future outcome. Now, let’s look at the worst-case scenario.
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Although he wanted to direct "The Nightmare Before Christmas," Burton was too busy directing "Batman Returns" and "Ed Wood" to take on the task.
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Be gentle and reassuring when your child wakes from a nightmare, it may help to talk through the dream.