a sorry state (of affairs)

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a sorry state (of affairs)

A particularly unfortunate, unpleasant, and/or upsetting situation or set of circumstances. Their company has been in a sorry state ever since Jonathan took over. It's a sorry state of affairs when you can no longer be sure how you'll feed your children each night.
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It is a sorry state of affairs that we are losing that investment because they don't feel the opportunities are there for them at home.
Muhammad Yousaf, a Pakistani student who has achieved doctoral scholarship in Chinese university, stated that Pakistan embassy in China was undergoing sorry state of affairs wherein it was misleading visitors with wrong information and disrespecting to state offices and people of Pakistan.
Unfortunately, we have seen a steady decline over the years, leaving us with the sorry state of affairs we are left with today.
Opposition parties on Tuesday blamed President Nicos Anastasiades for the sorry state of affairs in the state law office and demanded a probe into all the allegations.
17) indicated the sorry state of affairs in our world.
What a sorry state of affairs for Labour - a once great party reduced to supporting Conservative plans to cut public sector spending.
Tanveer said, "It is sorry state of affairs that we are holding protest marches on occasion of independence day instead of celebrating this day with zeal and fervour.
Let us not forget of course that it was this coalition government who voted for the Health and Social Care Bill of 2012 which has led to this sorry state of affairs.
The drama team, in a comic way, successfully depicted the picture of the sorry state of affairs in different fields of society including politics, social work and religion.
The Patrick administration reached this sorry state of affairs in part because of a failure of communication between bureaucrats and technocrats.
Labour's Margaret McDougall said later: "When even the most senior members of the SNP behave like school bullies, we know we have reached a very sorry state of affairs.
It is BCUHB not the staff who are to blame for this sorry state of affairs.
All those involved in such acts need to look around at the sorry state of affairs in the countries where violence has become the order of the day.
I would like to think that Iain Duncan Smith had been watching this sorry state of affairs programme and had learnt something from it.
It's a sad and sorry state of affairs brought about by the Government's insistence on introducing a tax which is succeeding only in penalising people and causing great distress.