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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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It seems so he can be cruelly from this Statement from guitarist River "We are so proud of him, not only for what he achieved in his short, beautiful life, but also what he was clearly destined to achieve.
His child will never know him and the future David and his wife Sarah dreamed of was cruelly pulled away from them in a split second.
Is it really impossible for Jewish people who suered so cruelly themselves - more cruelly perhaps than any other people in history - to understand the vulnerability and the yearning of those they have displaced?
Priest Fr Robert Brophy said that, the "shattering accident" of Sunday morning had robbed them "so cruelly of their two precious children".
LOVELY Gamu Nhengu - cute as a button and so cruelly turfed off the X Factor by tearful Cheryl Cole - might be begging Simon Cowell to help her.
Proud and treasured memories of a dearly loved husband and dad Dougie, taken from us so cruelly twenty years ago today.
THIS cute rabbit was cruelly abandoned in a box on a doorstep.
The jaw-dropping Channel 4 documentary My Monkey Baby followed some of these mad people, who cruelly wrench these animals away from their mothers and treat them like human babies.
2 : to treat cruelly or harshly <Dishonest judges were crucified in the newspapers.
In the early rounds they contrive cruelly against contestants who are not very good singers.
His was a life cut cruelly short at the age of 27 by leukaemia.
A well-written and well-acted ensemble soap set in New York which was cruelly cancelled after one series in America, so enjoy it while it lasts.
Kate said: "Madeleine is one of many children cruelly taken from their families.
The talent of this promising young writer was cruelly snuffed out in the Nazi gas chambers, but more than 50 years later his teenage diaries were rediscovered and Petr's hopes, dreams and experiences now live again in this lovingly-produced collection of his prose and drawings.