goodbye, cruel world

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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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As the News of the World slipped out of existence because of its ugly practices, the Telegraph tipped its hat with a middle finger: "Goodbye, Cruel World."
WILL: Goodbye, cruel world. Berryman, Sexton, Crane, Teasdale--I'm coming to join that great "poetry workshop" in the sky.
(Think about the actor or actress who emotes for ten minutes during a death scene: "Goodbye, cruel world!...") Above all, it touches some emotional truth in those who participate in its retelling.