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worst-case

[wurst-keys] /ˈwɜrstˌkeɪs/
adjective
1.
of the worst possibility; being the worst result that could be expected under the circumstances:
a worst-case scenario.
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Origin
1960-1965
1960-65
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worst case

noun
1.
  1. a situation in which the most unfavourable conditions prevail
  2. (as modifier): a worst-case projection of a massive accident
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