a sad state (of affairs)

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a sad state (of affairs)

A particularly unfortunate, unpleasant, and/or upsetting situation or set of circumstances. Their company has been in a sad state after Jonathan took over. It's a sad state of affairs when you can no longer be sure how you're going to feed your children each night.
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Very sad state of affairs when dog owners have to think twice about letting dogs off their leads Dog owner David McNeillis, on the scandal of sausages laced with carpet tacks
It is a sad state of affairs to think that 30% of people do not even know their neighbours' names while for some residents, collecting a parcel has become the only reason for needing to venture round to a neighbour and knock on their door.
But whether it's lack of time, attention spans decreasing, or a general apathy towards reading, the fact that almost a quarter of us only manage to read a book when we're on holiday really is quite a sad state of affairs," he said.
Sad state of affairs It's sad to read about the demise of on-course bookmakers.
A police spokesman said: "It is a sad state of affairs when people stoop so low as to commit crimes against much loved and valued places.
What a sad state of affairs up and down our land, Let's hope on the day of reckoning he will understand.
MANY recent letters have encompassed the sad state of affairs of our country.
But the intervention didn't have the desired outcome and Gary Wood, defending, said: "It is a sad state of affairs.
Talking to the Provincial information secretary, Abdul Wali Khan Shakir, during his very first meeting after being elected, at the Alfalah House, Quetta, lauded the youth for their great abilities and talents; but regretted the sad state of affairs at governmental level, which had forced the youth towards negative activities and state of mind.
A sad state of affairs, to say the least, and one with very little hope of remedy by the so-called watchdogs of the system.
But this sad state of affairs presents Bass with a tremendous opportunity to do good.
I have been thinking that the very word has become a cherry bomb that men of the church throw at women of the church--a sad state of affairs.
18) Playwright Christopher Durang's wacky fable about a woman who has committed suicide and resists mandatory reincarnation in protest against the sad state of affairs in the world.
author Trudy Lieberman outlines her perspective of the current sad state of affairs in exchanges between reporters and corporate spokespeople.
The sad state of affairs is based on a profound lack of imagination and issues unrelated to the goal of offering the greatest range of learning opportunities for every child.