Meaning of “fear the worst” in the English Dictionary

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"fear the worst" in British English

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fear the worst

C2 to think something unpleasant might have happened:

We hoped that they would be found safe and uninjured, but secretly we feared the worst.

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

"fear the worst" in American English

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fear the worst

to feel certain that the worst possible thing has happened or is likely to happen:

When the doctor finally called, she feared the worst.

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

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