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Meaning of “if the worst comes to the worst” in the English Dictionary

"if the worst comes to the worst" in British English

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if the worst comes to the worst

UK (US if worse/worst comes to worst) if the ​situationdevelops 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 ​sparekey and will ​let you into the ​house.
(Definition of if the worst comes to the worst from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"if the worst comes to the worst" in American English

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if the worst comes to the worst

(also if worse comes to worst) if a ​badsituationbecomesevenworse: If the ​worst comes to the ​worst, we can ​ask Dad to ​send us some more ​money.
(Definition of if the worst comes to the worst from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “if the worst comes to the worst”
in Chinese (Simplified) 如果最坏的事情发生, 如果发生最糟的情况…
in Chinese (Traditional) 如果最壞的事情發生, 如果發生最糟的情況…
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