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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.
See also: sad, state

sadder but wiser

Knowledgeable or experienced after having gone through something unpleasant or unfortunate. We came through the economic disaster sadder but wiser, hopefully better prepared for such disasters in the future. I left the dinner sadder but wiser, understanding just how entrenched her family's bigotry still is.
See also: but, sad, wiser

disappointed at someone or something

 and disappointed in someone or something
becoming sad because of someone or something. I am really disappointed at what you did. I am very disappointed in you. That was a terrible thing to do. They were disappointed in the outcome.
See also: disappointed

It is a poor heart that never rejoices.

 and It is a sad heart that never rejoices.
Prov. Even a habitually sad person cannot be sad all the time. (Sometimes used to indicate that a habitually sad person is happy about something.) Jill: I've never seen Sam smile before, but today, at his retirement party, he smiled. Jane: It is a poor heart that never rejoices.
See also: heart, never, poor, rejoice, that

sadder but wiser

Cliché unhappy but knowledgeable [about someone or something--after an unpleasant event]. After the accident, I was sadder but wiser, and would never make the same mistake again. We left the meeting sadder but wiser, knowing that we could not ever come to an agreement with Becky's aunt.
See also: but, sad, wiser

sorry sight

 and sad sight
a sight that one regrets seeing; someone or something that is unpleasant to look at. Well, aren't you a sorry sight! Go get cleaned up and put on some fresh clothes.
See also: sight, sorry

sadder but wiser

Unhappy but having learned from one's mistakes, as in Sadder but wiser, she's never going near poison ivy again. The pairing of these two adjectives was first recorded in Samuel Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1798).
See also: but, sad, wiser

sad sack

A singularly inept person, as in Poor George is a hopeless sad sack. This term alludes to a cartoon character, Sad Sack, invented by George Baker in 1942 and representing a soldier in ill-fitting uniform who failed at whatever he tried to do. It was soon transferred to clumsily inept civilians.
See also: sack, sad

sad sack

an inept blundering person. informal, chiefly US
See also: sack, sad

a sad, poor, etc. reflection on something

a thing which damages somebody’s/something’s reputation: The increase in crime is a sad reflection on our society today.
See also: on, reflection, something

too funny, sad, etc. for ˈwords

extremely funny, sad, etc: The man in the post office was too stupid for words.
See also: word


mod. poor; undesirable. This steak is really sad.

sad sack

n. a sad person; a listless or depressed person. Tom always looks like such a sad sack.
See also: sack, sad
References in classic literature ?
And that was the end of King Wallace," he went on in his sad, low voice.
When uncultured minds, confined to a narrow range of personal experience, are under the pressure of continued misfortune, their inward life is apt to become a perpetually repeated round of sad and bitter thoughts; the same words, the same scenes, are revolved over and over again, the same mood accompanies them; the end of the year finds them as much what they were at the beginning as if they were machines set to a recurrent series of movements.
Emma Burgess Bit sad if you ask me, must be horrible to be that frightened of other people.
Michelle Lewis: "Aw how sad they had so little time together as man and wife but how wonderful they had their wedding.
Isabel Mcewan " said on our Facebook page: "So sad and so young.
Rachelle Bartrop WasWebb wrote: "Incredibly sad, beautiful life destroyed, a family destroyed, and I can't imagine how the person who found her must be feeling.
The SAD leader said the state Congress chief should not bother about the SAD- BJP coalition, as it was not a political alliance but a natural tie- up.
LEONA NACHI, 10, said: "When we went around the cemeteries it felt sad because you saw how many soldiers gave their lives.
Surprisingly, melanopsin cell responses were lower in SAD year-round, in summer and winter, compared with controls.
Sad for the fans who had paid their money to see their idol, sad for the businesses that were eyeing a Brooks bonanza and sad for Ireland's reputation as a country.
But I am not sad because people like Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, a National Basketball Association team, seem to view skinheads the same as he does a "black kid in a hoodie.
Don't get me wrong, they are ecstatic that they are married but just sad that all the magic of the big day is over," (http://hollywoodlife.
The study identified a number of motives for sad people to select a particular piece of music they perceive as 'sad', but found that in some cases their goal in listening is not necessarily to enhance mood.
He said that the Sen - Sad ministerial meeting would approve the Framework Document of the grouping.
SAD is described as a form of depression with a seasonal pattern, with symptoms such as mood swings and lack of libido creeping up in October and becoming more severe in December and January.