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.
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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