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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

too (something) for words

So extremely (something) that it cannot be described in words. Marie, you are too kind for words. How can I ever thank you?
See also: word

sadder but wiser

Knowledgeable or experienced after having gone through something unpleasant or unfortunate. We came through the economic disaster sadder but wiser, hopefully better prepared for such disasters in the future. I left the dinner sadder but wiser, understanding just how entrenched her family's bigotry still is.
See also: but, sad, wiser

a (kind of) reflection on (someone or something)

That which presents a particular kind of opinion about or informs the reputation of someone or something. The staff you hire to serve customers are the best reflection on your restaurant as a whole. I feel like parents only want their children to behave in public because they know they'll be a poor reflection on them otherwise. The decay and ruin these landmarks are in is unfortunately a sad reflection on the economic state of our city.
See also: on, reflection

sad sack

1. noun A hopelessly inept, blundering person who can't do anything right. That poor sad sack Sarah has been stuck in the same dead-end role in this company for years.
2. noun A sad, moping person, especially one who refuses to try and improve their mood or situation. Don't be such a sad sack—I know you're disappointed about missing the concert, but that doesn't mean we can't have fun tonight! He just sat there like a sad sack, sulking in the corner of the party.
3. verb To be in a sad, moping mood, especially while refusing to try and improve one's mood or situation. Usually used in the continuous tense; sometimes hyphenated. If you don't quit sad sacking back there, I'm going to turn the car around and drive us all straight back home! Bill's been sad-sacking around the office ever since he got passed over for the promotion.
See also: sack, sad

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, that

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

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 sack

an inept blundering person. informal, chiefly US
See also: sack, sad

a sad, poor, etc. reflection on something

a thing which damages somebody’s/something’s reputation: The increase in crime is a sad reflection on our society today.
See also: on, reflection, something

too funny, sad, etc. for ˈwords

extremely funny, sad, etc: The man in the post office was too stupid for words.
See also: word


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
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This last issue might also explain the steeper learning curve observed for Flexible LMA[TM] (FLMA; Teleflex Medical, Dublin, Ireland) and Aura-flex[TM] (Ambu A/S, Ballerup, Denmark) when compared with other SADs (34).
Through Climb to Conquer SADS we are launching an effort to raise public awareness of these tragic inherited syndromes in the hopes of saving young lives," said SADS Foundation President and CEO Alice Lara.
Ysgol Clocaenog is one of six schools within North Wales that SADS UK has assisted in having a defibrillator on their premises, and the charity has set up an online petition on their website urging the Government to make defibrillators mandatory in all schools to help save lives.
Founder of SADS UK, Anne Jolly, said: "We are pleased that Moorlands Primary School will benefit from having a defibrillator on the premises to restart the heart if there is a cardiac arrest on the premises.
Matt Heward, WMAS community response manager, said: "West Midlands Ambulance Service fully supports SADS UK with their Big Shock Campaign.
Eventually, through the efforts of the SADs support group, went for a family screening.
The foundation raises awareness through fundraising events and major PR drives - the aim is to boost awareness about SADS in order that preventative steps are eventually freely available.
Hosted at the Marriott University Park Hotel by the University of Utah, the conference was one more significant step towards achieving the SADS Foundation's goal of increasing the awareness of heart abnormalities for families and medical professionals.
A post-mortem examination found that Melissa died of natural causes from SADS.
As she struggles to come to terms with her daughter's death, Carol says she is on a mission to educate people about the alarming number of deaths from SADS and what can be done to prevent them.
In both cases, medical experts were unable to find the exact cause of death and both were put down to SADS.
The festival is organised by Steve Haw, who started it after the death of his son, Chris, from SADS.
Joanne said: "Eight people a week die of SADS and there needs to be more awareness around it.
Mount Rainier Climb to Conquer SADS Presented by the PGxHealth Division of Clinical Data
Karen is particularly supportive of the work of SADS UK which is campaigning for defibrillators in schools to be made mandatory, to restart the heart in an emergency situation.