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(of a projected development) characterized by the worst of the possible foreseeable circumstances.
‘in the worst-case scenario, coastal resorts and communities face disaster’
‘The worst-case scenario for an employer would be for the whole 13 weeks of unpaid leave to be taken in short bursts at short notice.’
‘Davleyev said a worst-case scenario would be if one or two major facilities were infected by the end of the year.’
‘In the worst-case scenario, ministers are preparing for mass evacuations of healthy people from cities.’
‘But it looks to me like the planners made the mistake of planning for the worst-case scenario.’
‘Watch what happens to your energy when you choose not to engage in these worst-case scenario projections.’
‘He says many predictions are based entirely on worst-case scenarios, and don't provide a balanced view.’
‘Naturally, one can be overly pessimistic in assessing worst-case scenarios.’
‘She should have asked for a worst-case scenario, as well as a best-case scenario.’
‘How can you seriously call yourself a safety regulator if you haven't even looked at your worst-case scenario?’
‘For some companies the worst-case scenario may be to stay the same - no growth.’
‘Discussions about new technology, drugs, health or the environment invariably focus on worst-case scenarios.’
‘So far, not one of these worst-case scenarios has come to pass.’
‘The authorities now react to alleged threats with the worst-case outcome in mind, rather than taking a sober assessment of a situation.’
‘At its height the rioting far surpassed any worst-case scenario that senior police officers had been planning for since the middle of June.’
‘Chilling as these figures are, they are worst-case scenarios.’
‘He can only do the responsible thing in the face of uncertainty: assume a worst-case scenario.’
‘Engineers tend to operate under worst-case scenarios, comparing the cost of building defences with likely damage.’
‘In the worst-case scenario, the antagonism will get out of control and will paralyze the party.’
‘Now we know the worst-case scenario, which is that she is in prison for five months.’
‘The film depicts a worst-case scenario, where the shift is so sudden that most of the northern hemisphere is covered by ice within a couple of weeks.’