not a pretty sight


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not a pretty sight

1. Unattractive or visually unappealing. I tried painting the house myself, but the result was not a pretty sight.
2. Very unpleasant, undesirable, or unfortunate. Did you see the boss tearing into John? Oof, not a pretty sight.
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not a pretty sight

INFORMAL
If you say that someone or something is not a pretty sight, you mean that it is not pleasant to look at. The bathroom is not a pretty sight. The wallpaper's peeling, the tiles are crumbling. It's the first time I've seen Rich get angry, and it's not a pretty sight.
See also: not, pretty, sight
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not a pretty sight

not a pleasant spectacle or situation. informal
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ˌnot a pretty ˈsight

(humorous) a very unpleasant or shocking sight: When he stepped out of that boxing ring, he wasn’t a pretty sight, I can tell you.
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