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goodbye, cruel world

cliché An exclamation, note, or statement made immediately prior to one's death, especially by suicide. We felt as though we never had closure after Tom committed suicide. We never even knew he was contemplating taking his own life, and his note merely said "Goodbye, cruel world." The gunslinger lay on the ground, bleeding into the dust. "Goodbye, cruel world," he gasped with his last breath. And with that, he perished.
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you have to be cruel to be kind

You must be blunt and honest with someone in order to help them realize something that may help them; it is sometimes necessary to hurt someone's feelings in order to tell them the truth. I'm not going to sit here and tell Judith that she's a shoo-in when she's clearly not ready for her audition. Sometimes you have to be cruel to be kind.
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be cruel to be kind

To be blunt and honest with someone in order to help them realize something that may help them. This phrase expresses the idea that it is sometimes necessary to hurt someone's feelings in order to tell them the truth. I'm not going to sit here and tell Judith that she's a shoo-in when she's clearly not ready for her audition. Sometimes you have to be cruel to be kind.
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you have to be cruel to be kind

When people say you have to be cruel to be kind, they mean that sometimes if you are unkind to someone it will be the best thing for them. `I have to be cruel to be kind,' said Lindsay. `If I don't control his food, he will eat himself to death.'
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be cruel to be kind

act towards someone in a way which seems harsh but will ultimately be of benefit.
In Shakespeare 's Hamlet, ‘I must be cruel only to be kind’ was Hamlet's explanation of his reasons for bullying his mother about her second marriage.
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be ˌcruel to be ˈkind

use unpleasant methods because they are necessary to help somebody: I was worried about Katie getting too involved with Steve so I eventually told her about his drug addiction — you’ve got to be cruel to be kind sometimes. OPPOSITE: kill somebody with kindness
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Bronwyn Wain Cruel beyond words, and well if the people are found it'll be a slap on the wrist.
It fears the trend will grow and said: "It's extremely cruel.
Critique: Though not for the faint of heart, "Zora: A Cruel Tale" is inherently fascinating and consistently entertaining from cover to cover.
Many lambs die from bad husbandry, disease and by dog attacks: also many hunts actually breed foxes to cub hunt, a very cruel act.
They wasted their first five years in government when they should have been putting more effort into developing an acceptable and effective inoculation instead of pushing on with cruel and ineffective culling programme.
Desuetude and the Cruel and Unusual Punishments Clause 1.
We proposed two potential mediators: seeing God as cruel and perceptions of an unstable, anxious bond with God.
The only villain is the sea, the cruel sea, that man has made more cruel.
IT seems to me that Frank Thomas is perpetuating the myth that the Halal slaughter process in particular is cruel (Letters, September 1).
The chief executive of the group labelled it "unacceptable cruel research".
If the whip is cruel ban it completely (I don't believe for a minute that the modern racing whip is remotely cruel when used correctly).
Mehmet Gormez said even cruel people deserved trial, and those who did not know how to try the cruel within ethical and legal framework could not fulfil requirements of legal rules for the oppressed.
Cuando uno termina de leer el libro de cuentos Mundo cruel de Luis Negron, queda convencido que con escritores como el, este es un mundo menos cruel.
Cruel Creeds, Virtuous Violence: Religious Violence Across Culture and History comes from an anthropologist who provides an in-depth study suitable for college libraries on violence connected with religion.
IT is thought that the cruel longdistance export of live animals could be a contributing factor to why the white tip shark is attacking so many people.