more's the pity

more's the pity

old-fashioned That is regretful and disappointing; it's a shame. A: "Looks like Aunt Leanne and her kids won't be coming tonight." B: "More's the pity, and I made all this extra food for them, too."
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more's the pity

Fig. it is a great pity or shame; it is sad. (Sometimes with the.) Jack can't come, more's the pity. Jane had to leave early, more's the pity.
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more's the pity

If you add more's the pity to a comment, you are expressing your disappointment or regret about something. My world isn't your world, more's the pity. We've always lacked a written constitution, more's the pity.
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more's the pity

used to express regret about a fact that has just been stated. informal
1994 Amstrad Action The full version of this game never got released. More's the pity, as if the demo's anything to go by, it would have been a stormer.
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ˌmore’s the ˈpity

(British English, informal) unfortunately: He can’t read and he doesn’t want to learn, more’s the pity.
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References in classic literature ?
However, a good laugh is a mighty good thing, and rather too scarce a good thing; the more's the pity. So, if any one man, in his own proper person, afford stuff for a good joke to anybody, let him not be backward, but let him cheerfully allow himself to spend and be spent in that way.
"More's the pity! a tail's a nice thing to chase away mosquitoes."
But buds will be roses, and kittens cats, more's the pity!"
More's the pity that it should be so--not that I should be strong and hearty for my years, I mean, but that they should be weak and tender.
I hope not, but don't dare to ask; though, perhaps, Steve knows, he's always after Prince, more's the pity," and Archie looked anxious.
"Troth and indeed, they will do him no harm; the more's the pity! And barring that about Christianity (of which my opinion is quite otherwise, or I would be nae Christian), I am much of your mind."
But it isna religion as was i' fault there; it was Seth Bede, as was allays a wool-gathering chap, and religion hasna cured him, the more's the pity."
I knew 'twas a spring draf' goin' home, for there's no rig'mint hereabouts, more's the pity."
"No--to be sure; more's the pity. And now it's too late; her life is finished." She spoke with the cold- blooded complacency of the aged throwing earth into the grave of young hopes.
Pumpkins are not permanent, more's the pity, and in time they spoil.
He's done nobody any harm but himself and his family,--the more's the pity,--and I go and look at the bare shelves every day, and think where all my things used to stand."
"Ben's read 'em to me many and many a time, but they slip out o' my mind again; the more's the pity, for they're good letters, else they wouldn't be in the church; and so I prick 'em on all the loaves and all the cakes, though sometimes they won't hold, because o' the rising--for, as I said, if there's any good to be got we've need of it i' this world--that we have; and I hope they'll bring good to you, Master Marner, for it's wi' that will I brought you the cakes; and you see the letters have held better nor common."
"More's the pity," answered Telemachus, "I am sorry for him, but we must leave him to himself just now.
"More's the pity. Well, cut out at the back and help land the young gent, or we'll have him giving us the slip too.
But that's feeling a part and going into it as if you meant it; it isn't usual; more's the pity.'