Misery loves company

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Misery loves company definition


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

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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misery loves company

Fellow sufferers make unhappiness easier to bear, as in She secretly hoped her friend would fail, toomisery 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.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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