be worse

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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.
To me this final figure of 23% was very surprising; I thought it would be worse.
The reason I thought the final number would be worse is another figure - approximately 20% - 25% of American manufacturing capacity is not being utilized.
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?
I know it cannot be worse, but the replacement could be an actor, doctor or an Indian chief with no experience.