Definition of at worst or the worst in English:

Share this entry

at worst (or the worst)

1In the most serious case: at worst the injury could mean months in the hospital
More example sentences
  • 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 unfavorable interpretation: the cabinet’s reaction to the crisis was at best ineffective and at worst irresponsible
More example sentences
  • 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.
See parent entry: worst
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.