be worse

See: degenerate
References in classic literature ?
Her blood runs cold at the mention of your name; the vulture and the lamb, the rat and the dove, could not be worse matched than you and she.
I paid ten instalments last year, ten this year and I'll be paying ten next year so how can I be worse off?
This would be worse than death as long as he can live.
I suppose it could be worse but I cannot imagine it.
It's three to five days, but it could be worse if it's broken.
What could possibly be worse for Gray Davis than to be replaced by Arnold?