Definition of if worst comes to worst in US English:

if worst comes to worst

phrase

  • If the most serious or difficult circumstances arise.

    • ‘It is also a good idea, Direct Line advises, that before it gets really cold, you make sure you know where your water stop valve is - so that if the worst comes to the worst and a pipe does burst, you can turn the water off quickly.’
    • ‘We maybe able to use this as a surrender flag, or if the worst comes to the worst, a rescue flag.’
    • ‘John says the course ‘deals with dealing with confrontation, body language and if the worst comes to the worst, self defence.’’
    • ‘The car is stiffer than the previous Astra for better crash protection if the worst comes to the worst.’
    • ‘Later it transpires little has been lost, but in the meantime Smith says not to worry, if the worst comes to the worst she'll do another interview.’
    • ‘However, if the worst comes to the worst and the club is shut down after January 18, then the money raised will go to a local charity.’
    • ‘The answer is that the railway companies have done little to protect passengers if the worst comes to the worst.’
    • ‘It does help if you can visualise circuits, and if the worst comes to the worst you can always draw it down on a piece of paper, which is what I do.’
    • ‘The map can also display filling stations en route and, if the worst comes to the worst, the location of Volkswagen dealers.’
    • ‘It is a heavy burden you lay upon me, but if the worst comes to the worst, I accept.’