Definition of at its (or someone's) worst in English:

at its (or someone's) worst

phrase

  • In the most serious, undesirable, or unpleasant state.

    ‘nothing's working at the moment, so I suppose you've seen us at our worst’
    • ‘Even when I was at my worst, I was getting out of the house four times a week.’
    • ‘It's a very weird thing to look into the eyes of the person you know best, when you are at your worst, and discover they are happy to see it.’
    • ‘With temperatures falling below zero in many parts and sleet and rain forecast for the next few days, road conditions were reported to be at their worst in a decade, particularly in parts of the midlands and southeast.’
    • ‘I've always been a big believer that if people like me at my worst then I can start to trust them, just a little.’
    • ‘I thought, yeah, this guy knows me at my worst and has demonstrated his capacity for compassion, understanding and communication - certainly a few of my favourite things.’
    • ‘The problems of dumping at the site in Broad Close car park are at their worst over the weekend, when piles of mixed waste and hundreds of cardboard boxes are thrown onto the ground, blocking access to the recycling banks.’
    • ‘Over the past year, as I shared memories of him with my readers, a portrait of the man emerged, good-humored and cantankerous by turns, not perfect by any means, but even at his worst, loveable.’
    • ‘King said most Garda work means you get to see a lot of people at their worst, often drunk or involved in family disputes, but he said the majority of people are inherently good.’
    • ‘When conditions were at their worst on Saturday, North Yorkshire Police dealt with 601 emergency calls, more than twice their average number.’
    • ‘His insights into naked human emotion are simplistic at best, and crude and uncouth at their worst.’