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pis aller

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

/piz ale/
a last resort; stopgap
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literally: (at) the worst going
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pis aller


"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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