get the worst of

To lose; be defeated or beaten in; suffer most.
Joe got the worst of the argument with Molly.
- Often used in the phrase "the worst of it".
If you start a fight with Jim, you may get the worst of it.
Bill had the worst of it in his race with Al.
Jack traded his knife for a few marbles; he got the worst of it in that trade.
The driver of the car got the worst of it in the accident.
Contrast: GET THE BETTER OF (2).
Categories: verb