the worst of (something)

the worst of (something)

1. The main impact, force, or damage of something; the brunt of something. His jaw suffered the worst of the punch. The doctor says it will have to be wired shut for a month. The accident wasn't too bad—my bumper got the worst of it.
2. The most negative, undesirable, or burdensome part, portion, or aspect of something. Well, Mike is on toilet-cleaning duty this week, so I think it's safe to say that he got the worst of it. I got the worst of the boss's anger over the printing mishap because I'm the first one he saw after hearing about it.
See also: of, worst
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

*worst of something

the poorest share of something; the worst part of something. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) I knew I would get the worst of the deal because I was absent when the goods were divided up. I'm sorry that you got the worst of it.
See also: of, worst
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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