noun the worst
▪ absolute ( esp. AmE )
Christmas usually brings out the absolute ~ in sentimental platitudes.
VERB + THE WORST
▪ believe , think
She always thinks the ~ of people.
▪ anticipate , assume , expect
It doesn't matter what I say. My mother always expects the ~.
▪ fear , suspect
▪ be prepared for , be ready for , prepare for
Although all the votes have not yet been counted, the party is preparing for the ~.
I had not expected to do well in my exams, and the letter confirmed the ~.
▪ avoid , be spared , escape
Scotland seemed to have escaped the ~ of the recession.
▪ do your
Let them do their ~ (= be as difficult as they can) —we'll fight them every inch of the way.
THE WORST + VERB
▪ be over
He was still very ill, but the ~ seemed to be over.
▪ at (sb/sth's) ~
At ~, the drug can be fatal.
At its ~, bullying is a kind of torture.
▪ through the ~
Her sister helped her through the ~ of her illness.
▪ bring out the ~ in sb
Pressure can bring out the ~ in people.
▪ get the ~ of it
If he got in a fight, he would get the ~ of it.
▪ the ~ that can happen
Don't worry—the ~ that can happen is that you'll get a fine.
Worst is used with these nouns: ↑ aspect , ↑ atrocity , ↑ crisis , ↑ critic , ↑ culprit , ↑ disaster , ↑ drought , ↑ enemy , ↑ example , ↑ excess , ↑ failing , ↑ fear , ↑ kind , ↑ level , ↑ nightmare , ↑ offender , ↑ part , ↑ scenario , ↑ sort , ↑ sufferer , ↑ suspicion