a sorry state (of affairs)

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a sorry state (of affairs)

A particularly unfortunate, unpleasant, and/or upsetting situation or set of circumstances. Their company has been in a sorry state ever since Jonathan took over. It's a sorry state of affairs when you can no longer be sure how you'll feed your children each night.
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It is a sorry state of affairs that it is going to have to be scrapped after so short a time, due to vandalism.
Your December editorial (A sorry state of affairs) states, in reference to-Bishop Michael Ingham of New Westminster and Frank Griswold, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church in the U.S.