The worst of both worlds - meaning
Posted by David FG on April 03, 2005
In Reply to: The worst of both worlds - meaning posted by Al on April 03, 2005
: : : Could you clarify the meaning of the above expression, please. An example of its usage would be very much appreciated.
: : : Thank you in advance.
: : I belive the origanal phrase is "Best of Both Worlds"
: Thank you for kindly answering my question, DRC.
: I'm sure that your reply would be enough for a native speaker, but I do not belong to the set - alas - and I'm so sorry that you elected not to be more specific in your explanation. : (
: Best regards.
I believe it means that in pursuing a certain course of action a person ends up in a disadvantageous position.
For example; 'in failing to make a decision about whether to marry Mary or Jane, Robert lost both girls: thus got the worst of both worlds.' Not the best example, I admit, but the best I can do off the top of my head. I am sure others can think of better ones.