One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Be in the least advantageous position; suffer the most.‘looks to me like you got the worst of it’‘everyone was ill, but I seemed to get the worst of it’
- ‘In his surprise at the assault he began by getting the worst of it, but it was not long before both his attackers were on the ground nursing bloodied noses.’
- ‘The airport seems to have got the worst of it but it was wet everywhere.’
- ‘Apparently, Mark got the worst of it with three cracked ribs and a dislocated jaw.’
- ‘Oh well, I had been a fighter all my life and they would get the worst of it if they tried anything.’
- ‘Poor Meg, the youngest of those asked to help, had the worst of it.’
- ‘It has been a difficult time for all of us, but Charlotte has had the worst of it.’
- ‘But the storm jogged east; they did not get the worst of it.’
- ‘His cloak protected him well enough, but his legs and feet got the worst of it, bleeding profusely over the punctured and brittle skin.’
- ‘We can't tell you if it's going to be them or the town to the east or the town to the west that'll have the worst of it.’
- ‘Wednesday is the day I have three hours teaching in a row, and my writing and culture students, being last, get the worst of it.’
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