come off worst

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British pronunciation/kˈʌm ˈɒf wˈɜːst wˈɜːs/
American pronunciation/kˈʌm ˈɔf wˈɜːst wˈɜːs/
to come off worst
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to be in the least favorable or losing position in a situation compared to others involved

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to [come] off (worst|worse) definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "come off worst" and when to use it?

The origin of the idiom "come off worst" can be traced back to the 16th century when "worst" was used as a comparative form of "bad." The phrase was commonly used in the context of battles and fights where the person who was defeated was said to have come off worst. Over time, the phrase came to be used in other situations where someone suffered a loss, such as in business or personal relationships. Today, it is a commonly used idiom to describe any situation where someone has suffered a defeat or loss.

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