Idiom:  if worst comes to worst


Idiom:  if worst comes to worst / if worse comes to worst

  • if the worst that can possibly happen does happen

Note:  This expression started as "if the worst comes to the worst" but this is the least common form used today.

Example sentences

  • If worst comes to worst, we can take a taxi home from the concert.
  • We plan to have our wedding ceremony at the beach but if worse comes to worst, the hotel has an enclosed area where they can set up a small stage and alter.
  • If worst comes to worst, you can get a temporary job until you find a permanent one.
  • Our keynote speaker isn't feeling well so I contacted our chairman of the board and he said he can fill in if worse comes to worst.
  • If worst comes to worst, we'll simply postpone the meeting until the report is completed.
  • If I were you I would go ahead and move to Paris. If worst comes to worst and you can't find a job, you can focus on becoming fluent in French.
  • The shipment is supposed to arrive tomorrow but if worse comes to worst, we can simply take orders in advance.
  • Ask your sister if she can watch your dog but if worst comes to worst I'll just take off a week from work. I don't want Maxwell to be alone while he's recovering from surgery.


  • in the worst case (scenario)

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