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at worst (or the worst)

Definition of at worst or the worst in English:

1In the most serious case: at worst the injury could mean months in hospital
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  • He said the problem was at best causing an obstruction and at worst could cause a serious accident.
  • Growth for the first six months of 2001 is at best flat and at worst down a few percentage points.
  • Even the government now accepts that this will not happen, but might at worst delay enlargement by some months.
1.1Under the most unfavourable interpretation: the cabinet’s reaction to the crisis was at best ineffective and at worst irresponsible
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  • I believe that much of the thinking promoted by the liberal left is lazy at best and downright irresponsible at worst.
  • A narrow focus on electioneering is at best ineffective, and at worst disastrous.
  • It was unfortunate that the Bulgarian summer this year was temperamental at best, and downright terrible at worst.
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