pis aller

pis aller

[pee za-ley]
French.
the last resort or the final resource.
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pis aller (piz ale)
 
n
a last resort; stopgap
 
[literally: (at) the worst going]

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pis aller
"last resource," 1676, from Fr., lit. "to go worse," from pis "worse," from L. pejus, neut. of pejor "worse" + aller "to go."
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