sorry sight

a sorry sight

Someone or something that has a piteous, woeful, or wretched appearance. Our son was a sorry sight after his six-month-long trip around Southeast Asia on his own, looking skinny, dirty, and threadbare. But he said he had the best time of his life. We were greeted by quite a sorry sight when we entered the home. Trash and random junk was piled all over every room of the house, while scrawny, dirty cats prowled around, picking at various scraps of food.
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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.
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References in classic literature ?
Then, seeing the mischief they had done, the Yanguesans with all the haste they could loaded their team and pursued their journey, leaving the two adventurers a sorry sight and in sorrier mood.
And when the play was over the graveyard was a sorry sight with trodden grass and broken headstones.
It is a sorry sight to see so true a knight pleading in so false a cause.
The inside of my eyes, doc said, was but a sorry sight,
The weatherbeaten Eastergate Lion memorial in Eastergate, West Sussex, was a sorry sight until it was cleaned and returned to its former glory.
An historic location listed as Grade II*, the sorry sight in our main picture, above, shows the area in and around India Buildings obliterated through enemy bombing after WWII.
A SORRY sight greets drinkers looking out of the high Victorian windows of the King's Head bar on Huddersfield station.
That was when this former elegant embodiment of glamour and luxury had devolved into a truly sorry sight.
At present the boating lake is a sorry sight but used to be one of the most popular attractions in the park.
Sitting on Goldcroft Common, Caerleon, near Newport, the tree looks a bit of a sorry sight, almost bare with high metal fences surrounding it.
I had just returned from a walk across Pype Hayes Park and had spent ten minutes gazing at the sorry sight that is Pype Hayes Hall.
He even pointed out that Armaan's brash behaviour towards Tanisha was a sorry sight, since the actress had always stood by him.
The Jambos have lost seven of their last eight in the league and cut a sorry sight as they crashed at home to St Johnstone.
Marred by overage and participation issues, the display of Vivekananda Vidyapeeth, Raipur, against NCC ( West Bengal & Sikkim) on Monday was a sorry sight to watch.
Again the number of businesses that have had to shut up shop made a sorry sight.