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if the worst comes to the worst

UK (US if worse/worst comes to worst)
if the situation develops in the most serious or unpleasant way: We should be in when you arrive, but if the worst comes to the worst, the neighbours have a spare key and will let you into the house.
Translations of “if the worst comes to the worst”
in Chinese (Traditional) 如果最壞的事情發生, 如果發生最糟的情況…
in Chinese (Simplified) 如果最坏的事情发生, 如果发生最糟的情况…
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