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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Gwynedd League secretary John Roberts said: "It's a sad state of affairs, but both have indicated they will regroup and hopefully return to football next season.
For more on the Cohasset/ARMA/ AIIM survey, read "E-Records Management: A Sad State of Affairs or a Golden Opportunity?" Cynthia Launchbaugh analyzes the survey results and examines what they mean to organizations everywhere.
.WHAT a sad state of affairs for the NHS that firemen should be offered low interest loans to allow them to pay for private health care and get back to work more quickly.
"It's a sad state of affairs when old age pensioners are left high and dry."