be a fate worse than death

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be a fate worse than death

To be a very unpleasant situation or experience. This phrase is usually used hyperbolically, especially when referring to some form of punishment. It will be a fate worse than death if my parents catch me sneaking in after curfew. I appreciate Gina inviting me to go with her to the theater, but having to listen to those opera singers would be a fate worse than death.
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What I am doing is a fate worse than death, things that no one would expect to happen to these guys at all," the Telegraph quoted Morrison as telling Comic Book Resources.
Because the general perception that it is a fate worse than death to bring a dog there is the reality of anyone who has had contact with the pound and its reputation for killing our beloved companions too soon, housing them in overcrowded runs and having phone lines that are impossible to navigate.
My story isn't unique; it's representative of the way our society tells us that "disability is a fate worse than death.
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