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English definition of “if the worst comes to the worst”

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.
(Definition of if the worst comes to the worst from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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