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(one) can do worse

Used ironically to suggest that the thing one is doing or considering or the person one is romantically involved with is actually very good. Let me tell you, when you consider all the benefits and entry-level salary, you can do worse than get a job as a tram driver for the city. A: "I heard he's dating some hot-shot investor." B:" Wow, he can do worse!"
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(one) could do worse

Used ironically to suggest that the thing one is doing or considering or the person one is romantically involved with is actually very good. Let me tell you, when you consider all the benefits and entry-level salary, you could do worse than get a job as a tram driver for the city. A: "I heard he's dating some hot-shot investor." B:" Wow, he could do worse!"
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(one) might do worse

Used ironically to suggest that the thing one is doing or considering or the person one is romantically involved with is actually very good. Let me tell you, when you consider all the benefits and entry-level salary, you might do worse than get a job as a tram driver for the city. A: "I heard he's dating some hot-shot investor." B:" Wow, he might do worse!"
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we, you, he, etc. can/could/might do ˈworse (than...)

it is a good idea to do something; something is a good decision: If you’re looking for a good career, you could do worse than a job in banking.
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References in classic literature ?
Another lay brother led a sumpter mule, loaded probably with his superior's baggage; and two monks of his own order, of inferior station, rode together in the rear, laughing and conversing with each other, without taking much notice of the other members of the cavalcade.
He at once called to Sancho, who, however, had no mind to come, as he was just then engaged in unloading a sumpter mule, well laden with provender, which these worthy gentlemen had brought with them.
And driving his ass before him he begged his master to follow, who, feeling that Sancho was right, did so without replying; and after proceeding some little distance between two hills they found themselves in a wide and retired valley, where they alighted, and Sancho unloaded his beast, and stretched upon the green grass, with hunger for sauce, they breakfasted, dined, lunched, and supped all at once, satisfying their appetites with more than one store of cold meat which the dead man's clerical gentlemen (who seldom put themselves on short allowance) had brought with them on their sumpter mule.
Tis Sir Norman of Torn," spoke up Red Shandy, "with his great host of noble knights and men-at-arms and squires and lackeys and sumpter beasts.
After them came twenty-seven sumpter horses carrying tent-poles, cloth, spare arms, spurs, wedges, cooking kettles, horse-shoes, bags of nails and the hundred other things which experience had shown to be needful in a harried and hostile country.