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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.
Compare best-case.
Origin of worst-case
1960-1965
1960-65
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  • Archibius said that, even in the worst case, it could not render the present state of affairs darker.

    Cleopatra, Complete Georg Ebers
  • There are others who, in my opinion, ought not to be there, but his is the worst case.

    Within Prison Walls Thomas Mott Osborne
  • In the worst case, then, the cost would amount to 1950 rupees.

  • He had been the worst case all winter, and since our arrival, had rarely left his room.

    A Trip to Cuba Julia Ward Howe
  • Yellow dock, root or leaves, steeped in vinegar, will cure the worst case of ringworm.

    The Whitehouse Cookbook (1887) Mrs. F.L. Gillette
British Dictionary definitions for worst case

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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