fate worse than death


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fate worse than death

A hyperbolic phrase referring to a situation or experience that is very unpleasant. I appreciate Gina inviting me to go with her to the theater, but having to listen to those opera singers would be a fate worse than death.
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fate worse than death

Fig. a terrible fate. (Usually an exaggeration.) Having to sit through one of his lectures is a fate worse than death.
See also: death, fate, worse
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In my brother's view, it was a fate worse than death to have his mental problems exposed to public view.
Having driven two hours to a spectacular party thrown by Michael and Anita O'Leary to celebrate War Of Attrition's Gold Cup, they found themselves sitting next to the sole Englishman among 250 guests and, fate worse than death, the Englishman was me
However, the specter of aesthetic and political nullification, inadvertently conjured up by a favorable review of this exhibition published in the fashion magazine Brigitte, may be the real fate worse than death.
Its emotional effects tend not to be lingered on, as that would hinder action instead of promoting it, and the only fate worse than death in contemporary Hollywood-think is stasis, the suspension of interest caused by even the slightest lapse in action.
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).
As I have said before, that really would be a fate worse than death for Safeway, its employees and many of its suppliers.
But leaving the planning to the state may be a fate worse than death.
These personality changes can often be a fate worse than death for families: "deprived of the comforting rituals that society has devised for mourning the death of someone close, they may have to create their own to mourn the loss of those parts of the personality that can't be regained" (p.
My story isn't unique; it's representative of the way our society tells us that "disability is a fate worse than death.
Suspicion about same-sex marriage is not in short supply, particularly among the most left-leaning lesbians, who criticize all marriage as a patriarchal nightmare, and among the usual band of libertine suspects to whom settling down is a fate worse than death.
26) More importantly, the loss of chastity is not seen as a fate worse than death nor even one that merited consideration of such a drastic solution.
Her unwavering belief in the Littlest People may be the very thing that saves The FunGkins and all of Halladon from a fate worse than death.
Knowing that your own flesh and blood is out there but never being able to see that blessed being you gave birth to and nurtured for nine months is a fate worse than death for many.
Detective Vic Mackey, its brutish anti-hero, received a fate worse than death or any prison term: the loss of authority as well as his family into witness protection, and a desk job as part of his immunity agreement.