Misery loves company

  1. People who are unhappy may get some consolation from knowing that others are unhappy too.

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Idioms and Phrases

Fellow sufferers make unhappiness easier to bear, as in She secretly hoped her friend would fail, too—misery loves company . Words to this effect appeared in the work of Sophocles (c. 408 b.c. ) and other ancient writers; the earliest recorded use in English was about 1349.

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Example Sentences

Nor is Scottish independence a misery-loves-company moment for us Irish.

On a Smiths-themed boat tour, the phrase ‘misery loves company’ is predictably proven.

The future is not bright for Sochi, unless you believe that misery loves company.

Many components of the media are in crisis—print, online, radio, broadcast, and cable—and misery loves company.

Well, they say misery loves company, so we can have some enjoyment after all, for there is plenty of that kind of company.

The old adage that misery loves company was never more nicely typified.

If misery loves company, so does anger; and a petulant man should have an associate who can be ruffled.

Contrary to the old saw, "Misery loves company," Damfino wished to be alone.

Now, Mr. Henderson, misery loves company; has she been to your room?


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