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if worst comes to worst

Meaning: You can say "if worst comes to worst" before saying what you'll do if your plans don't work out.

For example:

  • I don't worry too much about my business failing, because if worst comes to worst I can always go back to my old job.

  • Bob's says he'll be lucky to find tickets for the match at this stage, but at least it's on TV so if worst comes to worst we can watch it at the pub.

Quick Quiz:

We love travelling, but if worst comes to worst we can still enjoy our holidays
  1. on a tour of Europe
  2. fixing up the garden
  3. visiting countries in Asia

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