One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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’.
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