worst of

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.
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*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
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References in classic literature ?
THE red glare of the torch, lighting up the interior of the block house, showed me the worst of my apprehensions realized.
Say you will not think the worst of me--will not give me up altogether."
You see, I've been a bit of a fool again, and put my name to a bill, and now it comes to paying; and your mother has got to part with her savings, that's the worst of it, and even they won't quite make things even.
I was sorry for Ginger, but of course I knew very little then, and I thought most likely she made the worst of it; however, I found that as the weeks went on she grew much more gentle and cheerful, and had lost the watchful, defiant look that she used to turn on any strange person who came near her; and one day James said, "I do believe that mare is getting fond of me, she quite whinnied after me this morning when I had been rubbing her forehead."
And the worst of it was, and the root of it all, that it was all in accord with the normal fundamental laws of over-acute consciousness, and with the inertia that was the direct result of those laws, and that consequently one was not only unable to change but could do absolutely nothing.
The worst of it is, look at it which way one will, it still turns out that I was always the most to blame in everything.
What was worst of all for his relations was the fact that there was still a possibility of his having been picked up on the battlefield by the people of the place and that he might now be lying, recovering or dying, alone among strangers and unable to send news of himself.
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instead, it was the reduction of all works involving the body to the mere continuation of a figurative countertradition introduced in Part 1; for example, the show incorporated nudes by Eric Fischl and Vincent Corpet (known for his rather fey gimmick of having famous art critics undress and pose for him), alongside photographs by Cindy Sherman and Inez van Lamsweerde, who would rarely fall under the mantle of "figurative artists." But worst of all was the duplicitous attempt to impose a late-19th-century view of identity on late-20th-century art: a consomme-like reduction of identity to its "essential" features.