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best-case scenario

The best possible outcome. The best-case scenario is that Doug will be only an hour late—traffic on his route is at a standstill. They're only selling junk at the yard sale, so I think the best-case scenario is that they'll make $10. The doctor said that the best-case scenario is an operable tumor.
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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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best-case scenario

Cliché the optimum outcome being considered. (Compare this with the worst-case scenario.) Now that we've seen the negative angle, let's look at the best-case scenario. In the best-case scenario, we're all dead eventually—but then that's true of the worst-case scenario also.
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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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best/worst-case scenario

The best or worst possible outcome for a situation. These clichés use scenario in the sense of an imagined situation or sequence of events, a usage that has become common since about 1960. For example, “In the best-case scenario, Dad set off the burglar alarm accidentally,” or “It isn’t just that the price is higher, but none are left even at that price—that’s the worst-case scenario.” An amusing how-to manual by David Borgenicht and Joshua Piven, The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook (1999), probes improbable mishaps and emergencies, such as how to escape quicksand or how to land a pilotless airplane. The term appeared in Newsweek, on June 23, 2010, “The Oil Spill’s Worst-Case Scenario? Efforts to Stop the Flow May Have Set the Stage for an Even Bigger Catastrophe.” The antonym, best-case scenario, meaning the best possible outcome, is also a cliché. The Statesman Journal (Oregon) had it on August 22, 2010: “Best-Case Scenario Still Means State Cuts” in the budget. See also if worst comes to worst.
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worst-case scenario

See best/worst case scenario.
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Over the years, I developed a small sub-team that does the political analysis for the big-picture scenarios. Scenarios are holistic pictures of the future, setting out alternative ways in which the world could evolve.
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When Scenario 2 was compared with Scenarios 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 of the first shift, the Mann-Whitney test resulted in a p-value that was less than 0.05 for all cases, i.e., the hypothesis of samples being equal was rejected.
Cyprus's public debt is deemed sustainable and will continue the downward path it entered in 2015, in all four sensitivity analysis scenarios, the finance ministry said.
We define [IF.sup.i.sub.t] and [IP.sub.t.sup.i] are, respectively, the indicator whether the system should be taken CM action, the indicator whether the system should be taken PM action, at time epoch t for degradation scenario i.
The more we water down the scenario, the less authentic of an experience it becomes for our students.
TurkStat designed three population growth scenarios up until 2075.
Scenarios E and F adjust scenario A to assume greater Republican voter preferences for different groups.
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C'est en effet l'equation qui se pose depuis de longues dates a la revue Les cahiers du cinema dans son rapport au scenario. La celebre revue parisienne qui s'est toujours considere comme le temple de la mise en scene a aborde tres rarement la question du scenario.
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