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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.
See also: better, dead, off
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Mr Moat said his brother had read in several newspapers that his mother said he would be better off dead.
Mom says the youngest daughter would be better off dead and dad's behavious borders on the incestuous when it comes to his older daughter.
The survey question about suicidal thinking asked, "Have you had thoughts that you would be better off dead or of hurting yourself in some way for at least several days in the last two weeks?
You might think and believe nobody loves you, everything is your fault, that you're not a good person and don't deserve to be happy, or even that you'd be better off dead.
If you hide Granny's heart pills so that she will have a heart attack and die, because you figure she is better off dead, that is euthanasia.
It takes absolute desperation to convince most mothers that their sons would be better off dead on a battlefield.
In Mama Might Be Better Off Dead Laurie Kaye Abraham takes us into the home and lives of a multigenerational African American inner-city Chicago family consumed by one goal: negotiating Medicare and Medicaid to get benefits.
So I've been thinking about those who believe we who are disabled would be better off dead.
The next day, the young doctor's colleagues criticized him for saving the lad, because, they claimed, "He would have been better off dead.
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A MAN whose wife spent 84 hours lying on a hospital trolley said yesterday: "We'd be better off dead.
Logical inference: a person with Down's syndrome is better off dead.
He was later fined PS1,000 for a drunken assault on a railway worker and said on television he might be better off dead.
They can be driven to think they would be better off dead.