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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

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

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

sorry to say

also sad to say
I regret telling you this Sorry to say, the violin was never found.
See also: say, sorry

a sad state of affairs

(spoken) also a sorry state of affairs
a bad situation that you find upsetting It's a sad state of affairs when schools don't provide a basic education for their students.
Usage notes: sometimes used in the form a sad state: Things have reached a sad state when you have to pay a bribe to get something done.
See also: affair, of, sad, state

sadder but wiser

if someone is sadder but wiser after a bad experience, they have suffered but they have also learned something from it He bought a second-hand car and ended up sadder but wiser after a series of breakdowns and expensive repairs.
See also: but, sad, wiser

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

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 ?
Sadly they watched over every bird and blossom which she had loved, and strove to be like her in kindly words and deeds.
When the Elves had promised they would come, he bade farewell to happy Fairy-Land, and flew sadly home.
Jack," said von Horn, sadly, "I am afraid there is a terrible and disappointing awakening for you.
The fuller looked sadly and gravely at him; but finding that he still laughed, he bowed with much mock politeness and stalked onwards in his borrowed clothes.
That honest wagoner is thinking of his dinner, getting sadly dry in the oven at this late hour; but he will not touch it till he has fed his horses,--the strong, submissive, meek-eyed beasts, who, I fancy, are looking mild reproach at him from between their blinkers, that he should crack his whip at them in that awful manner as if they needed that hint
Sadly missed by all her grandchildren and greatgrandchildren, brothers Billy, Tommy and Brian.
Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day Sadly missed.
She will be sadly missed by all her family, friends and neighbours.
In loving memory of Joan who sadly passed away on 14th June 2011.
Babette Eleonore Allum (Drury) sadly died at home in Fuengirola.
Sadly missed but always remembered by daughter Sheila, sons Ronald and the late George, daughterinlaw Edith, grandchildren Morag, Stephen, Angela, Claire, Andrea and all great grandchildren.
We had enough industry once to give full employment, but sadly we sold them abroad.
SADLY the ongoing dispute between the Welsh Assembly Government and the NewLabour Government based at Westminster over laws to protect employees in Welsh hospitals and health care visiting staff yet again sadly shows politicians in a very poor light.
Sadly, Children of the Night is just one light on an otherwise dark horizon for children who run away from home and end up on the street.