pis aller


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pis al·ler

 (pē ză-lā′)
n.
The final recourse or expedient; the last resort.

[French : pis, worse + aller, to go.]

pis aller

(piz ale)
n
a last resort; stopgap
[literally: (at) the worst going]

pis al•ler

(pi zaˈleɪ)
n.
French. the last resort or the final resource.

pis aller

A French term meaning worst going, used to mean a final recourse.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pis aller - an expedient adopted only in desperation; "`pis aller' is French for `worst going'"
expedient - a means to an end; not necessarily a principled or ethical one
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L'adaptation n'est plus [beaucoup moins que]un pis aller honteux[beaucoup plus grand que] mais un choix artistique qui s'inscrit dans la grande tradition des echanges entre les arts et Bazin de citer a la suite de Malraux la pratique picturale en la matiere.
Outre les irregularites constatees a Qalioubiya, les circonscriptions du Sud-Sinai et de Qena ont, elles aussi, ete le theatre de plusieurs contraventions pouvant mener, au pis aller, a la reorganisation des elections.
The notions of "ontological exemplarity" and instrumental causality, however conjoined, animate, and free it might be under God, are clearly a pis aller.