Definition of pis aller in English:

pis aller

Syllabification: pis al·ler
Pronunciation: /ˌpēz əˈlā
 
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noun

A course of action followed as a last resort.
More example sentences
  • They called foreign commerce only a pis aller.
  • That may be permissible in the aftermath of a disaster or in a conflict situation as pis aller but the sooner the armed forces are put behind barracks the better it is for any society.

Origin

French, from pis 'worse' + aller 'go'.

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