the worst-case scenario

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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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Liverpool are also bang in the hunt for Southampton's PS70million Dutch defender (above) but for Conte the nightmare scenario is a Van Dijk move north to the Etihad.
I, personally, shiver at the nightmare scenario that Cyprus should go through what Greece went through in September 2014, at the end of the road, when it loosened its efforts and things fell apart," he said.
What has never been mentioned is the nightmare scenario to hit the poor War rington folk as hordes of cars and lorries struggle through their already congested town to get over the next (narrow
But on the eve of his trial this documentary purports to show not just what drove him to kill, but how authorities dealt with the nightmare scenario as it unfolded.
But the nightmare scenario is a bid is accepted in the final day or two.
Talbot face the nightmare scenario of a two-week break prior to the game as the junior game shuts down over the festive period.
Without saying it categorically, he admits he and US Prsident George W Bush failed to see the nightmare scenario which developed when Saddam was found to have no weapons of mass destruction.
Without saying it categorically, he admits that he and Bush failed to see the nightmare scenario which developed when Saddam was found to have no weapons of mass destruction.
But there is some reassurance here that the Monetary Policy Committee will be able to avoid the nightmare scenario of having to raise interest rates alongside the huge fiscal squeeze.
As a Wise Thought backer at 25-1, it was a fantastic feeling last Saturday knowing I'd won money regardless of how he fares tonight rather than spend the week fearing the nightmare scenario of a fifthor sixth-placed finish.
REACTION: PAGES 70-71 REPORT: PREMplus THE nightmare scenario beckons with Newcastle and Middlesbrough both facing the indignity of the drop next weekend.
The result would be the nightmare scenario of having both Gordon Brown and David Cameron with a roughly equal number of seats and Mr Clegg holding the balance of power.
The police appear to be fighting a losing battle and we're heading for the nightmare scenario of a US-style gang culture.
If we do not raise our political game, then Wales could find itself living in a horror movie, with the Tories slipping in through the back door, or with the nightmare scenario of Labour having to negotiate either with the Liberal Democrats or Plaid Cymru.
INSPIRED by newspaper headlines about terrorist attacks, this low-budget thriller imagines the nightmare scenario of multiple dirty bombs exploding on the outskirts of Los Angeles, unleashing deadly toxic ash upon the residents of the city.