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a fate worse than death

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englisha fate worse than deatha fate worse than deathHARM/BE BAD FORsomething terrible that might happen to you – often used humorously 🔊 He had rescued an innocent girl from a fate worse than death. fate
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a fate worse than deathAfter all, she didn't know him, and a fate worse than death might just be awaiting her.I knew that Grandma's visit would be a fate worse than death.There are various Pelagias who are known as penitent harlots or virgin martyrs who died to escape a fate worse than death.It certainly wasn't because he was trying to save her from a Fate Worse than Death.We've even growled at the horse, and threatened it with a fate worse than death, but to no avail!
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