Meaning of worse off in English:

worse off

Pronunciation /wəːs ˈɒf/


  • In a less advantageous position; less fortunate or prosperous.

    ‘her job was not very enjoyable, but plenty of people were worse off’
    • ‘the average family will be $8 worse off in tax’
    • ‘A couple with five sons say they are going to be worse off under the new tax credits system - if they ever get any money.’
    • ‘In other words if people had the freedom to do what they wanted, overall they would be worse off, and some very much worse off.’
    • ‘We remain opposed to any proposal to increase the state pension age that would make manual workers and the poor worse off.’
    • ‘In general the older people are, the more likely they are to say they are worse off, and to feel angrier.’
    • ‘Under the proposals the majority of police officers are going to be worse off and that is obviously not acceptable.’
    • ‘If customers maximise the service to reduce their mortgage balances, they could still end up worse off.’
    • ‘It's pretty common knowledge that there's always somebody worse off than you.’
    • ‘It reminds us that almost certainly any policy change will make someone worse off.’
    • ‘But those who fled their villages have left behind people who are even worse off.’
    • ‘They argue that the gap between rich and poor has widened and we are worse off than a decade ago.’