misery


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make (one's) life a misery

To cause a lot of problems, pressure, or stress (for one), perhaps by engaging in malicious or mean-spirited treatment (of one). Tom has been making life a misery ever since he found out I'd snitched on him to the boss about taking office supplies. There's a group of bullies who love making our life a misery. This new schedule has been making my life a misery.
See also: life, make, misery

make life a misery (for one)

To cause a lot of problems, pressure, or stress (for one), perhaps by engaging in malicious or mean-spirited treatment (of one). Tom has been making life a misery ever since he found out I'd snitched on him to the boss about taking office supplies. There's a group of bullies who love making life a misery for us. This new schedule has been making life a misery for a lot of employees.
See also: life, make, misery

misery guts

An unhappy person who always complains. I don't like talking to Paul because he's such a misery guts and always squashes my good mood.
See also: gut, misery

misery loves company

Miserable people like others to be unhappy. I know misery loves company, but quit trying to bring me down just because you had a bad day at work.
See also: company, love, misery

put (someone or something) out of its/(one's) misery

1. To kill someone or something as a means to ending suffering. Considering the dog's extensive wounds, the vet encouraged us to put him out of his misery.
2. To quell one's curiosity. Oh, just put me out of my misery and tell me how the movie ends!
See also: misery, of, out, put

Misery loves company.

Prov. Unhappy people like other people to be unhappy too. Jill: Why is Linda criticizing everybody today? Jane: Her boss criticized her this morning, and misery loves company. I should probably feel bad because my sister is so depressed, but I'm pretty depressed myself. Misery loves company.
See also: company, love, misery

put (one) out of (one's) misery

 
1. Euph. Fig. to kill someone as an act of mercy. Why doesn't the doctor simply put her out of her misery? He took pills to put himself out of his misery.
2. Fig. to end a suspenseful situation for someone. Please, put me out of misery; what happened? I put her out of her misery and told her how the movie ended.
See also: misery, of, out, put

put some creature out of its misery

to kill an animal in a humane manner. (See also put one out of one's misery.) The vet put that dog with cancer out of its misery. Please, put my sick goldfish out of its misery.
See also: creature, misery, of, out, put

misery loves company

Fellow sufferers make unhappiness easier to bear, as in She secretly hoped her friend would fail, too-misery loves company. Words to this effect appeared in the work of Sophocles (c. 408 b.c.) and other ancient writers; the earliest recorded use in English was about 1349.
See also: company, love, misery

put someone out of his or her misery

1. Kill a wounded or suffering animal or person, as in When a horse breaks a leg, there is nothing to do but put it out of its misery. [Late 1700s]
2. End someone's feeling of suspense, as in Tell them who won the tournament; put them out of their misery. [c. 1920] Both usages employ put out of in the sense of "extricate" or "free from."
See also: misery, of, out, put, someone

put someone out of their misery

1. If you put someone out of their misery, you end a situation which is causing them to suffer, usually by telling them something they have been waiting anxiously to hear. Manager Ron Smith yesterday put young player Dom Kennedy out of his misery by handing him a new contract. A-level students waiting for their results were put out of their misery this morning.
2. If someone puts a person out of their misery, they deliberately kill them because they are suffering, usually from an illness that cannot be cured. His attorney today welcomed such a trial, predicting that no jury would ever convict the doctor for `putting suffering people out of their misery'. There were at least a dozen pills in the bottle, surely enough to put her out of her misery. Note: This expression is usually used to show that the speaker or writer approves of or is sympathetic towards this action.
See also: misery, of, out, put, someone

put something out of its misery

If someone puts an animal out of its misery, they kill it because it is very old, ill or badly injured. Some animals are in such pain that I'm forced to put them out of their misery.
See also: misery, of, out, put, something

put someone out of their misery

release someone from suspense or anxiety, especially by telling them something they are anxious to know. informal
See also: misery, of, out, put, someone

put something out of its misery

end the suffering of a creature in pain by killing it.
See also: misery, of, out, put, something

make somebody’s life a ˈmisery

make somebody’s life very unpleasant or difficult: Ever since he joined the company he’s made my life a misery.Her arthritis makes her life a misery; she’s in constant pain.
See also: life, make, misery

(a) ˈmisery guts

(informal) a way to describe somebody who is never happy or who complains a lot: What’s the matter with you, misery guts?He used to be good fun, but he seems to be turning into an old misery guts.
See also: gut, misery

put somebody/something out of their/its ˈmisery


1 (informal) stop somebody worrying by telling them something that they are anxious to know: You can’t keep telling him to wait for your answer. Put him out of his misery and tell him now. OPPOSITE: prolong the agony
2 kill an animal which is badly injured or very ill in order to end its suffering: I can’t let a horse go on suffering such terrible pain. Can you put it out of its misery, please.

misery loves company

Fellow sufferers make pain easier to bear. This observation dates from ancient Greek and Roman times or even earlier; Sophocles (Oedipus at Colonnus, ca. 408 b.c.) and Seneca (ca. a.d. 54) both wrote words to that effect. John Lyly’s Euphues stated it as “In misery it is great comfort to haue a companion” (1579), but the precise wording of the modern cliché does not appear until the nineteenth century. More recently, Brian Moore quipped, “If misery loves company, then triumph demands an audience” (An Answer from Limbo, 1962).
See also: company, love, misery
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Faced with the limits of knowledge in desperate situations, for many the demand for results takes precedence and leads them to seek anything that promises surcease from their misery. Alternative medicine provides explanations, cures, and hope.
Brandolini was influenced by Giannozzo Manetti who wrote explicitly against Innocent III's depiction of misery, providing one of the great statements of Italian humanism, against which Hamlet's words may be measured.
`The untold misery which was caused has left a legacy which affects Black people in Liverpool today.'
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This kind of misery is mostly found in environments where people live in comfort, materially satisfied but without a spiritual orientation.
He is determined to break the 500-year cycle of misery the native sons and daughters of this land have endured--the very misery that has led to the Zapatista uprising.
One theory holds that officers commit suicide because of their continuous exposure to human misery and their constant giving of themselves.(19) Another study cites police bureaucracy, with its paramilitary structure, overbearing regulations, and negativism, as a primary catalyst in police suicides.(20)
Peter Zaleski (1990) pointed out a weakness of the misery index as a gauge of social welfare: the marginal rate of substitution (MRS) along it is always one regardless of the prevailing rates of unemployment and inflation.
In layman's terms, it means you sneeze and sniff for weeks, wallowing in misery.
Because delay can only have one result - more deaths, more pain, more misery and more despair as children lose parents, parents lose children and a nation losing hope there will ever be an end to the unfolding tragedy.
He said the closure of Ghanta Ghar Road had diverted traffic load to Shaadipir Road, Karimpura, to the misery of motorists and commuters.
ASDA has triggered a petrol price scramble as oil giants are accused of exploiting hurricane misery.
A quarter of all children in the UK are living in poverty, and one in five parents is struggling to feed their children When even a High Court judge reckons that a cap on the benefits the poor can be entitled to causes "real misery for no good purpose" then it is time to take stock.
LOS ANGELES: US actress Kathy Bates, best known for her portrayal of an obsessed fan in "Misery," accepted a star on Tuesday on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and dedicated the honor to a young girl battling an illness.
For any country, a misery index score is simply the sum of the unemployment, inflation, and bank lending rates, minus the percentage change in real GDP per capita.