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be better off dead

1. To be in a position, state, or predicament so hopeless or painful that death would be the preferable solution. This cancer is just going to get worse, crippling me with pain every day. I'd be better off dead. I lost everything I own to gambling and am still in debt. I'm better off dead at this point.
2. To be of so little use or consequence, or of such an unpleasant nature, that the world would benefit from the person not being alive. John bungles everything he tries to do and aggravates everyone he knows. He'd just be better off dead.
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In the documentary, Gascoigne had reportedly said that he thought that he would be better off dead than living with addiction agony.
I'm better off dead. I'd rather die," the girl added.
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A doctor, in agreeing to assisted suicide could easily imply, however unintentionally, that the future is even worse than the patient feared and that the doctor thinks the patient "would be better off dead".
BETTER OFF DEAD: THE EVOLUTION OF THE ZOMBIE AS POST-HUMAN provides a fine survey discussing the zombie metaphor and its relationship to literary and popular culture.
The tax officer, 41, knew Moat had read reports in which his mother had claimed he would be better off dead, and said he wanted to persuade the fugitive a life sentence would be better than death.
ON THE PROPOSED RETURN OF THE HOME INTERNATIONALS IN 2013: It is better off dead. There is already too much football, more would be ridiculous.
Comments made by Moat's mother Josephine Healey, who had little contact with Moat during the past 18 years, that her son "would be better off dead" are thought to have been among the remarks which had upset him.
The suspect is facing more appeals to give himself up, while his mother said she thinks her son would be "better off dead".
When all is said and done, they're probably better off dead. I mean, look at the world, they aren't missing anything special." Perhaps fearing a backlash from readers, UltraBlue stopped posting comments after a while.
It's interesting, I just watched Better Off Dead (1985) last week and I appreciate the movie on a different level than I used to.
She held a firm belief that her children would be better off dead than in the care of the local authority and that she and her children would be reunited after death.
Midwives and mothers figured strongly in the UK at the launch of a report from the All Party Parliamentary Group on Population Development and Reproductive Health, which focused on maternal morbidity with its stark message made clear in the title 'Better off Dead?" (APPG 2009).
He said when asked in a medical questionnaire in January if she had thoughts she would be "better off dead", she replied: "Nearly every day."