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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
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Therapy for both Becky and Kip and a restraining order are the result: and Becky, whose life has been shaken as if an earthquake had occurred, heads off to college, sadder and wiser.
It was after Carter's death that Stanley shifted from hard-driving bluegrass to an older, sadder, less adorned style.
Sadder still is seeing America go from a nation of laws protecting individual freedoms to a nation of rules based on group rights.
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It is with sadness that I learn of the closure of Rover but I am even sadder this Government can't give help due to EU rules.
An orange extension cord hangs from the top of the photo and forms a tangle on the ground, as if linking the daydream of heaven depicted on the wall to a sadder reality.
People try to smuggle here from all over the world because Tijuana has an established smuggling infrastructure" In the offices hang photos of illegal immigrants stuffed in dashboards and hanging from the bottom of trucks, but the sadder cases involve children being smuggled across to waiting parents.
And, if they can't make abortions illegal, the proponents of all these restrictions seem to make women who seek abortions feel sadder about it.
It really is a sad day for theatre and freedom but possibly a sadder one for the Sikh faith.
The story of the 2004 intelligence reform bill just keeps getting sadder and sadder.
I DON'T think there will be many sadder sights this winter than that of the disconsolate Peter Gehm aboard Czech chaser Registana, who, having travelled an awful long way and added an extra dimension to the event, looked on as the remainder of the field battled out the finish of the Sporting Index Cross Country Chase at Cheltenham.
The newspaper reported that Archbishop Greg Venables, primate of the Southern Cone, reacted strongly to the blessing, saying, "It is a very sad day when a bishop chooses to flagrantly reject the pleas of the Archbishop of Canterbury and the primates of the Anglican Communion and it's an even sadder day when he uses biblical language to promote disobedience of the Bible's teaching.
Even sadder, as the article pointed out, was his directive to the priests.