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pis aller

[pee za-ley] /pi zaˈleɪ/
French.
1.
the last resort or the final resource.
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pis aller

/piz ale/
noun
1.
a last resort; stopgap
Word Origin
literally: (at) the worst going
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Word Origin and History for pis aller
n.

"last resource, what one would do at the worst," 1670s, French, literally "to go worse," from pis "worse," from Latin peius, neuter of peior "worse" (see pejorative) + aller "to go."

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