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The meaning of "a fate worse than death"

" A fate worse than death "
The reputed opinion of sexual intercourse by prim Victorian ladies.
Lord Carruthers dragged me to his bedroom and left me in no doubt I was to suffer a fate worse than death.
Where did it originate?:
The United Kingdom.
Where is it used?:
Worldwide, but now considered rather old-fashioned and used mainly by the older generation.
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