Which is correct: worse comes to worst or worst comes to worst? The former seems more logical but the latter is what appears in Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary.
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The expression should be:
It means "if the worst thing that can happen does happen...".
Contracting it without the definite articles doesn't seem to me to justify '
According to the Cambridge Dictionaries Online, the following forms of the idiomatic expression are correct:
I quote the relevant definitions of idiom and expression from my New Oxford American Dictionary to put things in perspective:
It should be
Which means that, if a situation that is already bad (worse) deteriorates into a situation that is even "more bad" (worst), then...
If an already bad situation progresses into a catastrophic situation, then...
Traditionally it was 'Worst comes to worst'. Nowadays 'Worse comes to worst' is used as it seems more logical.
protected by Will Hunting Mar 27 '12 at 10:05
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