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a sobering thought

A thought or idea which is dispiriting, depressing, or traumatic. It's a sobering thought when you consider how many people go without clean water every day.
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A Question Of Sport BBC One, 8pm It's a sobering thought for sports fans that this enduring quiz celebrates its 50th anniversary in January.
It is also a somewhat sobering thought that their children are also reaching advanced ages.
@piersmorgan A sobering thought: With the CDU/CSU dropping below 30%, it is possible that Farage's Brexit Party could emerge as the largest national group in the European Parliament.
That should be a sobering thought for anyone tempted to take the easy way out of pet ownership, rather than contacting any of the rehoming charities, who can make sure the creatures end up in a loving home with people who genuinely want them.
It's a sobering thought as Jurgen Klopp's side go to Fulham (2.15pm), that the Reds now 'play first' all the way to May, until the final two rounds of games.
He told the Sunday Independent: "It's a sobering thought there are low standards in high places when it comes to drink."
"While there is every reason to be relieved that Aasiya Bibi has been acquitted after eight years of incarceration in the perpetual shadow of a death sentence, that Pakistan should have come this close to executing a woman for blasphemy, is a sobering thought," HRCP said in a statement issued on Friday It is also worth remembering what this case alone has cost in terms of other lives lost for a principle ndash both Punjab governor, Salmaan Taseer, and federal minister for minorities' affairs, Shahbaz Bhatti, had advocated bravely and publicly for Aasiya's release, it said.
The statement added: 'While there is every reason to be relieved that Aasia Bibi has been acquitted after eight years of incarceration in the perpetual shadow of a death sentence, that Pakistan should have come this close to executing a woman for 'blasphemy' is a sobering thought.
"It is a truly sobering thought that if some of the claims are well-founded - and it is for this inquiry to find out if they are - there may yet be many thousands more who do not feel well, but have not yet been told that the reason for this is that they suffer from Hepatitis C," he said.
This is a sobering thought for other producers currently sitting on shut-in production capacity and facing a renewed challenge to their market share.
Priestley as a last sobering thought: 'Like its politicians, and its war, so society has the youth it deserves.'
It is a sobering thought that almost a third of the animals featured in the book are endangered and some are even threatened with extinction.
It's a sobering thought to contemplate that the council has had its budget virtually halved since 2010 and is now expected to find a further PS46m of cuts by 2019/20.
It's a sobering thought that one in two people born after 1960 are likely to get cancer in their lifetime.
One final sobering thought, 37,000 EU citizens living over here were convicted of crimes in 2015.