Definition of pis aller in English:

pis aller

Syllabification: pis al·ler
Pronunciation: /ˌpēz äˈlā


  • A course of action followed as a last resort.
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    • 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.


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

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