a sorry state (of affairs)

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a sorry state (of affairs)

A particularly unfortunate, unpleasant, and/or upsetting situation or set of circumstances. Their company has been in a sorry state ever since Jonathan took over. It's a sorry state of affairs when you can no longer be sure how you'll feed your children each night.
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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.
Too, the blue ribbons had been restored to the curtains, and the lambrequin, with its immense sheaves of yellow wheat and red roses of equal size, had been returned, in a worn and sorry state, to its position at the mantel.
So Elton was way off the mark, Keith Richards' debut album Talk Is Cheap aptly describes what is going on in this sorry State.
A local council has decided to sue the former mayor of Paphos and another official -- both jailed for corruption — over the sorry state of their community's roads as a result of the construction of the sewage system.
Nothing symbolises the sorry state of Arab politics more than the march of ISIS.
ISLAMABAD -- Discussing the sorry state of affairs of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), a lawmaker on Wednesday went on to compare the national flag carrier with Karachi's famous minibus W-11.
Will the contractors be call back to repair the sorry state the roads are now in?
IT is a shame to see the Wellington Rooms in such a sorry state of abandonment.
13) from London bemoans the fact that, in his opinion, North Ormesby has now become a sorry state compared to what it used to be when he lived there.
All those involved in such acts need to look around at the sorry state of affairs in the countries where violence has become the order of the day.
We revealed yesterday the sorry state of pitches at Gateshead Junior FC's Angel of the North site and at Kibblesworth Cricket Club, which had to contend with damage caused by horses and quad bikes while broken glass and dog dirt had to be cleared before each match.
RAWALPINDI -- It is a sorry state of affairs that more than 63000 children ranging from five to nine years are deprived from basic Education, according to a survey.
Our source said: "Baldy's had a number of teeth smashed out in the attack and is still in a bit of a sorry state.
I AGREE with the sentiments expressed by George Hepburn in his column (The Journal, January 14) about the sorry state of the railways in this country due to the dysfunctional planning of successive governments.
Through lack of foresight by respective governments, the pot of money is ebbing away to leave the country in a sorry state.