in a sorry state

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in a sorry state

In a pitiful or abject condition. My business was in a sorry state after I left it under the control of my brother. John's been in a sorry state lately—I think he's taken up drinking again.
See also: sorry, state
References in classic literature ?
Yet I will not conceal from you the fact that my debts are crushing me down, and that my wardrobe is in a sorry state.