Definition of pis aller in US English:

pis aller


  • A course of action followed as a last resort.

    • ‘They called foreign commerce only a pis aller.’
    • ‘That may be permissible in the aftermath of a disaster or in a conflict situation as pis aller but the sooner the armed forces are put behind barracks the better it is for any society.’


French, from pis ‘worse’ + aller ‘go’.


pis aller

/ˌpēz əˈlā/