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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.
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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)
Translations of “fear the worst”
in Chinese (Simplified) 担心发生最糟糕的情况…
in Chinese (Traditional) 擔心發生最糟糕的情況…
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