be in a bad way

be in a bad way

To be suffering or struggling in some way. Ashley has been in a bad way ever since her mother died. Frank's illness has gotten much worse—he's really in a bad way right now.
See also: bad, way

be in a bad way

  (British & Australian)
to be ill, unhappy, or in a bad state She was thin and tired-looking and generally in a bad way. After 17 years of Conservative government, the country was in a bad way.
See also: bad, way