in bad shape

in bad shape

3. Functioning poorly. I tried smacking the TV, but it's in bad shape—the picture is still scrambled. I knew the car was in bad shape, but I didn't think it would just break down on my like that!
4. Struggling financially. The company used to be one of the biggest players in the industry, but it's been in really bad shape in recent years. I know their family has been in bad shape ever since Frank lost his job.
1. Suffering physically or emotionally. I've been in really bad shape since the car accident. It's been nearly a month and I still can't get out of bed. I think Ashley really needs our help. She has been in shape ever since her mother died.
2. Lacking physical fitness. Working behind a desk for 10 years has left me in pretty bad shape. I can't even get to the top of the stairs anymore without getting winded!
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in bad shape

 and in a bad way 
1. Lit. injured or debilitated in any manner. Fred had a little accident, and he's in bad shape. Tom needs exercise. He's in bad shape.
2. pregnant. Jill's in bad shape again, I hear. Yup, she's in bad shape all right—about three months in bad shape.
3. Fig. Inf. intoxicated. Two glasses of that stuff and I'm in really bad shape. Fred is in bad shape. I think he's going to toss his cookies.
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in bad shape

and in a bad way
1. mod. injured or debilitated in any manner. Tom needs exercise. He’s in bad shape.
2. mod. pregnant. Yup, she’s in bad shape all right—about three months in bad shape.
3. mod. alcohol intoxicated. Two glasses of that stuff and I’m really in a bad way.
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He added that energy crisis was so deepen that there was loadshedding of 18-20 hours daily and the industries were not getting electricity and economic situation in the country was in bad shape.