nightmare scenario

nightmare scenario

The worst, most detrimental thing that could possibly happen. Losing one of our sponsors at a time like this would be a nightmare scenario for the company. The loss of Tom's salary created a nightmare scenario for us in the face of all our outstanding debt.
See also: nightmare, scenario

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.
See also: scenario
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Yet our new Prime Minister seems hell-bent on pushing us into this nightmare scenario.
across water Bragg AS predicted, the nightmare scenario has happened: bonkers Boris is now PM here, with the Daft Donald president across the water.
However did we stagger into this nightmare scenario? JACK FLETCHER, Chopwell
Will voters realise the nightmare scenario of Tory gains in Scotland could come to pass if they allow themselves to be duped by cuddly Ruth Davidson?
It's a nightmare scenario for the 6-foot-3 wingman, who expected his injury to heal as early as six weeks.
Just imagine a future nightmare scenario of Donald Trump as President of the USA and Boris as the UK's Prime Minister!
Just imagine a future nightmare scenario of Donald Trump as President of the USA and gormless Boris as the UK's Prime Minister.
Speaking after a meeting with the Troika's Cyprus mission chiefs, Neophytou said allowing Cyprus' bailout programme to veer off track at the final hurdle would be the absolute nightmare scenario.
None of these options is worse than this nightmare scenario.
This is a nightmare scenario for council officers to deal with, no matter what the final outcome, unlike in 2011 when Labour had their best result since 1995 with 32 Labour seats and 27 combined opposition seats.
"That is the nightmare scenario, with 17,000 nuclear war heads in existence, far more than was needed as a deterrent and enough to destroy the world many times over."
It is not acceptable." Nightmare scenario The nightmare scenario for Russia and Fifa would be a World Cup match between the hosts and an African team in which monkey chants and boos were directed at the African players leading to them walking off and the game being abandoned.
It is a nightmare scenario and unlikely, but it can't be ruled out," Anthony Banbury, Special Representative of the Secretary General told (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/ebola/11135883/Ebola-could-become-airborne-United-Nations-warns-of-nightmare-scenario-as-virus-spreads-to-the-US.html) Telegraph .
The oft-told tale of a struggling actress seeking her first big break gets a juicy new spin in the psychodrama/body-horror hybrid "Starry Eyes." Featuring a knockout performance by Alex Essoe as a sweet young hopeful who transforms into a nasty, feral nutcase after selling much more than her soul to a shadowy production company, the pic pushes the Tinseltown nightmare scenario to inventive and exciting extremes.