the worst of both/all worlds

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the worst of both worlds

The worst or least desirable attributes of two different things, situations, or circumstances. The negative version of the more common "best of both worlds." This car gets terrible gas mileage and it doesn't handle well in bad weather—it's the worst of both worlds!
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the worst of both worlds

COMMON If you have the worst of both worlds, you have all the problems and disadvantages of two different things without any of the advantages. Some might say that this gives you the worst of both worlds — none of the comfort of a car with none of the convenience of a motorbike.
See also: both, of, world, worst

the worst of ˈboth/ˈall (possible) worlds

all the disadvantages of every situation: Rail passengers feel that they are getting the worst of both worlds — expensive fares and an unreliable service. OPPOSITE: the best of both/all (possible) worlds
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But the worst of all worlds is when you get the big picture right and trip up over a detail.
It's in the country's interest that this Government is got out of office quickly, we have the worst of all worlds now.
I am of the same view as Sir Bryan that home information packs have turned out to provide the worst of all worlds in a slack housing market," said Ms Lees.
He states: "Some would summarise the position by saying that the HIP provides the worst of all worlds - it omits much of the most useful information but still imposes significant costs on the property transaction.
If Congress ends up defining the standards of protections, I think that's the worst of all worlds," he says.
Do we now have, as some say, the worst of all worlds in the arena of child welfare?
We have the worst of all worlds where prosecutors sometimes turn a blind eye to someone helping a loved one to die while legal system still insists it is against the law.
Our Premier was caught in the worst of all worlds, appearing rude and uncommitted by missing the official signing while failing to appease swiveleyed home-grown Europhobes.