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English Reference for hougamashi (ほうがまし)

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Expression I would rather, I would as lief do, strong preference
Example sentences
I'd rather throw it away than give it to him
I think death is preferable to shame
Death preferable to shame
I would sooner die than give up
I'd rather die than yield to this sort of demand
You might just as well throw your money into the sea as lend it to him
I would sooner die than get up early every morning
You had as well throw your money into the ditch as give it to him
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