Meaning of “a fate worse than death” in the English Dictionary

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"a fate worse than death" in British English

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a fate worse than death

informal humorous

something you do not want to experience because it is so unpleasant:

When you're 16, an evening at home with your parents seems like a fate worse than death.

(Definition of “a fate worse than death” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"a fate worse than death" in American English

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a fate worse than death

something you do not want to experience because it is so unpleasant or embarrassing:

Being seen with my parents at the beach would have been a fate worse than death.

(Definition of “a fate worse than death” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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