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cut a sorry figure

To appear in a way or make an impression that causes oneself to be regarded unfavorably by others. You'll cut a sorry figure at the job interview if you wear jeans.
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cut a fine, poor, sorry, etc. ˈfigure

have a fine, etc. appearance: In his brand new uniform he cut a fine figure.
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Prime Minister Imran Khan has been inducted in the office for constitutional tenure of five years and as such there is hardly need for rushing through the matters in hurry and then cutting a sorry figure. Those making slow and steady moves are bound to succeed in due course while others trying to go past fast tumble down sooner than expected.