Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The final recourse or expedient; the last resort.

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  • n. A last resort.

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  • n. an expedient adopted only in desperation

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

French : pis, worse + aller, to go.

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From French pis aller, from pis ("worst") + aller ("to go").

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