worst

worst
I
(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. t. best, defeat, conquer. See success.
II
(Roget's IV) modif.
Syn. most terrible, most harmful, poorest, lowest, least, most ghastly, most horrible, most pitiful, least meaningful, meanest, least understanding, least effective.
n.
Syn. calamity, catastrophe, ruin; see destruction , misfortune .
at worst,
Syn. under the worst possible circumstances, if worst comes to worst, unluckily, grievously; see badly 1 , unfortunately 1 , 2 .
get the worst of,
Syn. fail, miss, be defeated, be beaten; see lose 3 .
give one the worst of it,
Syn. overcome, get the better of one, triumph; see beat 2 , defeat 1 .
in the worst way,
Syn. very much, greatly, so much one can taste it*.
v.
Syn. triumph over, overcome, best; see beat 2 , defeat 1 , 2 , 3 .
III
(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb To win a victory over, as in battle or a competition: beat, best, conquer, defeat, master, overcome, prevail against (or over), rout, subdue, subjugate, surmount, triumph over, vanquish. Informal: trim, whip. Slang: ace, lick. Idioms: carry (or win) the day, get (or have) the best of, get (or have) the better of, go someone one better. See WIN.

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