a fate worse than death

a fate worse than death

a very bad or unpleasant experience She felt that having to move to a small town was a fate worse than death.
Usage notes: often used in a humorous way to describe something that is not too serious: Spending a day with my aunt would be a fate worse than death.
See also: death, fate, worse
References in classic literature ?
Behind her lay a fate worse than death, at the hands of human beings.
With a fate worse than death staring her in the face, and with the knowledge that I should probably die defending her within the hour, I was still happier than I had been for weeks--and all because I had seen again for a few brief minutes the figure of a little heathen maiden.
But Bryan isn't the sort of bloke to simply sit at home worrying about things - instead, he uses all his old skills to hunt down those responsible and, of course, to save his offspring from a fate worse than death.
Try to ignore the little voice in your head saying that becoming Mrs Sam Dingle must be a fate worse than death and concentrate instead on how lovely the bride looks in her lacy head-dress - for all the world like a young Mia Farrow.
BEING sent to the salt mines was a fate worse than death for dissidents in the old Soviet Union - now they're being used to cure kids of asthma.
The top flight of English football appears to be suffering a fate worse than death - total predictability.
British Intelligence places him in the worst school situation ever, isolated in the Alps above Grenoble, where he is threatened by a fate worse than death (well, death after the students in biology class dissect him while he is still alive, without anesthetic).
My story isn't unique; it's representative of the way our society tells us that "disability is a fate worse than death.
This poor girl has suffered a fate worse than death - even losing a second child when she was just 14.
This means baroque attempts to off the Baudelaires - when in doubt, director Brad Silberling (``Casper'') throws in a railroad crossing cliffhanger - and, in Violet's case, a fate worse than death.
Take my advice stick to sandcastles at Portobello and save the nation from a fate worse than death.
Which, if successful, would of course be a fate worse than death.