a shame

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a shame

An unfortunate situation. The term is used either in consolation or ironically. I heard that things didn't work out between you two, that's a real shame. You only have two yachts after the third one sunk? Aw, what a shame!
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Matthew, who was promoting this summer's Ladies Scottish Open at Archerfield, said: "The R&A do so much for women's golf so it's a shame in a way that can get lost.
Still, it's doubtful if that threat will be enough to make the board members behave, which is a shame.
Having done that, it would be something of a shame if they did not take advantage of the opportunity.
It's a shame he didn't have the guts to stick with it.