Meaning of “at worst” in the English Dictionary

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"at worst" in British English

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at worst

used to say what the most unpleasant or difficult situation could possibly be:

At worst, she can only tell you off for being late.

considering someone or something in the most negative or unkind way possible:

She is at worst corrupt, and at best has been knowingly breaking the rules.

(Definition of “at worst” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"at worst" in American English

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at worst

in the worst possible case:

There’s no harm in applying for the job – at worst, they’ll turn you down.

(Definition of “at worst” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)