more's the pity

more's the pity

Fig. it is a great pity or shame; it is sad. (Sometimes with the.) Jack can't come, more's the pity. Jane had to leave early, more's the pity.
See also: pity
References in classic literature ?
However, a good laugh is a mighty good thing, and rather too scarce a good thing; the more's the pity.
I hope not, but don't dare to ask; though, perhaps, Steve knows, he's always after Prince, more's the pity," and Archie looked anxious.
But it isna religion as was i' fault there; it was Seth Bede, as was allays a wool-gathering chap, and religion hasna cured him, the more's the pity.
I knew 'twas a spring draf' goin' home, for there's no rig'mint hereabouts, more's the pity.
Pumpkins are not permanent, more's the pity, and in time they spoil.
Ben's read 'em to me many and many a time, but they slip out o' my mind again; the more's the pity, for they're good letters, else they wouldn't be in the church; and so I prick 'em on all the loaves and all the cakes, though sometimes they won't hold, because o' the rising--for, as I said, if there's any good to be got we've need of it i' this world--that we have; and I hope they'll bring good to you, Master Marner, for it's wi' that will I brought you the cakes; and you see the letters have held better nor common.
Glegg, with decision, "yours is a very unlucky family; the more's the pity for
And her father is also still in existence, more's the pity.
Despite numerous repairs, though, more's the pity the Floozie in the Jacuzzi fountain still isn't working - which makes you question the wisdom of creating water features in the new Centenary Square
Not even to get my mitts on that pretty hair, more's the pity.
They'd never have been mixed and matched like this, though - more's the pity because they look great.
But other people, it would seem, do not, more's the pity.
More's the pity they were not called to the STV studios earlier in the week to prevent the scrap between Nicola Sturgeon and Johann Lamont.
Oh, apparently we've just been told that is nothing to do with fried chicken - more's the pity.
Not the sort of admission you're ever likely to hear from our jungle "celebrities", more's the pity.