a sad state (of affairs)

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a sad state (of affairs)

A particularly unfortunate, unpleasant, 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.
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When asked about the numerous vital development projects that were shelved by the previous PML-N government including the decades old Rawalpindi Ring Road project, he said he was in the process of getting detailed briefings about different sectors and pointed that he was dismayed to note the sad state of affairs. He said all projects that were of public importance would be taken up on priority; when informed that Rawalpindi was the only major city in the province that did not have a ring road and the entire heavy Karachi to Peshawar heavy traffic had to traverse through the cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.
A sad state of affairs but it tells a sorry story for these parts.
WHAT a sad state of affairs when a worldclass sporting outfit have to resort to a small strip of sandpaper to gain an illicit advantage.
'KNH is in a sad state of affairs. What happened is a criminal offence so the doctors who performed the surgery should be made to take responsibility,' Duale said.
They have called upon the Chairman MC and DC to visit the colony to observe themselves the sad state of affairs in the locality and order for the needful to relieve the dwellers of unnecessary inconvenience and mental agony.
If there are hungry children somewhere in the North East, then that is indeed a sad state of affairs to have in one of the world's richest countries.
NNA - Minister of Public Health, Wael Abou Faour, lamented on Saturday the sad state of affairs that the Lebanese government and state institutions have reached, saying that any cabinet session that passes without argument is considered an achievement.
It's a sad state of affairs that we have had to suffer the environmental destruction involved in the construction of these carbuncles to build wind farms that do not produce power all the time.
Not long before her death, Maali had held an interview on the Egyptian satellite channel Masr Al Yawm where she shared her anguish over her country's sad state of affairs.
"It is a sad state of affairs," admits Debbie, speaking from her home in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.
Lamenting the "sad state of affairs" at the township, the Lokayukta also directed the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) to set up an inquiry committee to analyse the situation there and submit a detailed report to him within 15 days.
For older supporters this is certainly a sad state of affairs but, with the financial riches involved just for being a part of the Premier League these days, the reality is that this great institution doesn't command the same respect that it once did.
It is a sad state of affairs to think that 30% of people do not even know their neighbours' names while for some residents, collecting a parcel has become the only reason for needing to venture round to a neighbour and knock on their door.
"But whether it's lack of time, attention spans decreasing, or a general apathy towards reading, the fact that almost a quarter of us only manage to read a book when we're on holiday really is quite a sad state of affairs," he said.