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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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The worst case scenario is replete with small details that are in themselves very telling about the difficult conditions in which Turkey finds herself in 2023: the headline of '100,000th civilian victim' in a newspaper (p.
com)-- Inventro launches a new discussion on how to prepare a business for the worst case scenario.
Anxious to cover their backs, another email from Barclays, anti-money laundering manager advises: "We must be in a position to defend ourselves should the worst case scenario ever occur and they fail to meet obligations to deliver orders.
Now the worst case scenario has occurred: among the victims is a 72-year-old who lost pounds 64,000 which was meant to buy a retirement home in Majorca.
There was no assessment or planning to cover the worst case scenario.
Justin says: It depends on exactly what the clause says, but the worst case scenario is that you could be on the receiving end of an injunction stopping you from working for the competitor, and you could also find yourself sued for damages by your former employer.
An obvious but still sensible risk seems to cause coaches to focus too intensely on the worst case scenario.
The full complement of videos--available at a cost less than a typical insurance premium--make for a safe and sound investment for any recycling business looking to avoid the worst case scenario.
We need to be prepared for the worst-case scenario,'' Brown said, ``And Davis' plan is the worst case scenario.
In the worst case scenario, she contended, a 20-second conversation occurred.
Best has assumed the worst case scenario in concluding this rating review.
In its analysis, Fitch pays particular attention to how collateral performance triggers are set to the worst case scenario.
The worst case scenario occurs if the paper check has been destroyed.
We studied the worst case scenario so that we could design a solution that is conservative and corrective," said Dunn.