This definition is quite similar to the one I made up years ago.
I say worse off than the test stat.
The point here is that in a two sided test. if your test stat is 1.65 then -2 is even worse. YOU decide on if your test stat is -2 or 3 or -4. You decide on for z-scores is near 0 and decide on any time you are far away from zero in either direction in the two sided situation.