One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used to suggest an unspecified possibility that is more serious or unpleasant than one already considered.‘the child might be born blind or worse’
- ‘I tried to counsel him that he might only get what everyone else gets or worse.’
- ‘The next step would be to arm himself with a gun and flaunt it in front of the police, or worse.’
- ‘Better to tackle it now rather than wait until someone has been injured or worse.’
- ‘For those without decent jobs, it seems a huge waste of effort or worse.’
- ‘All this uneven, hoof-holed ground makes it very easy to twist an ankle, or worse.’
- ‘He might be hauled before the courts and given a telling off, or worse.’
- ‘Needless to say, it may have led to a number of people being seriously hurt or even worse.’
- ‘Such opportunities are occasionally used as a precursor for stalking or worse.’
- ‘A very narrow margin might in the future give rise to tension, bitterness, or worse.’
- ‘For instance, who is going to challenge them and risk having windows broken - or worse?’
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