be worse

See: degenerate
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Th' ascent is easie then; Th' event is fear'd; should we again provoke Our stronger, some worse way his wrath may find To our destruction: if there be in Hell Fear to be worse destroy'd: what can be worse Then to dwell here, driv'n out from bliss, condemn'd In this abhorred deep to utter woe; Where pain of unextinguishable fire Must exercise us without hope of end The Vassals of his anger, when the Scourge Inexorably, and the torturing houre Calls us to Penance?
what if all Her stores were op'n'd, and this Firmament Of Hell should spout her Cataracts of Fire, Impendent horrors, threatning hideous fall One day upon our heads; while we perhaps Designing or exhorting glorious Warr, Caught in a fierie Tempest shall be hurl'd Each on his rock transfixt, the sport and prey Of racking whirlwinds, or for ever sunk Under yon boyling Ocean, wrapt in Chains; There to converse with everlasting groans, Unrespited, unpitied, unrepreevd, Ages of hopeless end; this would be worse.
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.