a sorry sight

a sorry sight

Someone or something that has a piteous, woeful, or wretched appearance. Our son was a sorry sight after his six-month-long trip around Southeast Asia on his own, looking skinny, dirty, and threadbare. But he said he had the best time of his life. We were greeted by quite a sorry sight when we entered the home. Trash and random junk was piled all over every room of the house, while scrawny, dirty cats prowled around, picking at various scraps of food.
See also: sight, sorry
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

(I'm) sorry.

an expression used to excuse oneself politely or apologize, especially when one has collided with someone, when one has offended someone, or to ask someone to repeat what has been said. "I'm sorry," I said to the woman I bumped into. I'm sorry, what did you say? I couldn't hear you.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


and pathetic
mod. pitiful; drawing ridicule or scorn; worthy more of condemnation than pity. (In colloquial use these words are usually used in sarcasm and disgust.) You are one sorry bastard! You are a pathetic person and a pathetic example of a quarterback!
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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