I'm sorry to say

I'm sorry to say

Used to politely introduce some news that may be unpleasant, upsetting, or disappointing. I'm sorry to say that your application has been rejected due to a failure to provide adequate documentation. I was hoping I'd be there in time to see the performance, but they canceled my flight because of the snow, I'm sorry to say.
See also: say, sorry

I’m ˈsorry to say

used for saying that something is disappointing: He didn’t accept the job, I’m sorry to say.
See also: say, sorry
References in classic literature ?
Maclean gave me four hundred pounds to put in the bank, sir,' began John; 'and I'm sorry to say that I've been robbed of it
Then I'm sorry to say there's some bad news for you," Da Souza said.
Of course he denies it; but it really doesn't matter, as I'm sorry to say he's much too 'fresh' (as they call it down here) to remember anything to-morrow morning.
They abused her goodness, I'm sorry to say, and while they walked in the lanes, they stood the perambulator alone in a field where there was a bull.
I don't know for certain, and I'm sorry to say I haven't had an opportunity of finding out all day; but I received a letter from Moscow, while I was in Switzerland, from a Mr.
I'm sorry to say that my celebrated son has no manners.
I had a look into mine in the garden, and I'm sorry to say there was nothing in them.
Devilish little, I'm sorry to say,' replied Squeers.
I'm not a fan of Theresa May, I'm sorry to say that as a woman, I'm sorry if that makes me a bad feminist, but she is too conservative for me.
I'm sorry to say the last ray of light in Arsenal's season is about to be switched off.
Now I'm of an age where hanging around in a bikini involves a sturdy sarong and the right lighting, I'm sorry to say I have still never been to this exotic-sounding location.
But I'm really not happy with the result and so are the other girls, I'm sorry to say that.
I'm sorry to say I don't think Ms Yaqoob has the credentials to be an MP for any party.
At the outbreak of hostilities a very large number of young men rallied to Field Marshal Kitchener's call of 'Your country needs you' under the impression that it would be a great adventure and, I'm sorry to say, four years of dreadful loss and devastation proved them wrong.
He's a friend of mine and I'm sorry to say it but he has gone beyond the pale and I thinK we have no option but to remove the whip from him.