a shame

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a shame

An unfortunate situation. The term is used either in consolation or ironically. I heard that things didn't work out between you two, that's a real shame. You only have two yachts after the third one sunk? Aw, what a shame!
See also: shame
References in classic literature ?
It's a shame an' a disgrace the way some people can afford silk stockings," she began.
Then Gretel called out to her master: 'If the guest does not come, I must take the fowls away from the fire, but it will be a sin and a shame if they are not eaten the moment they are at their juiciest.
It certainly is a sin and a shame that they are not eaten at the right time
During the fifteen minutes that followed, the proud and sensitive little girl suffered a shame and pain which she never forgot.
Matthew, who was promoting this summer's Ladies Scottish Open at Archerfield, said: "The R&A do so much for women's golf so it's a shame in a way that can get lost.
Having done that, it would be something of a shame if they did not take advantage of the opportunity.
It's a shame he didn't have the guts to stick with it.