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in a sorry state

In a pitiful or abject condition. My business was in a sorry state after I left it under the control of my brother. John's been in a sorry state lately—I think he's taken up drinking again.
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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.
Back in August, the Telegraph revealed that council bosses were taking the owners of 290 Kenpas Highway to court, with the property standing in a sorry state.
KILIMOI am a land surveyor and I would like to inform the Cabinet Secretary for Lands, Farida Karoney, of the sorry state of surveying and mapping in the country.
I ordered pet food online but it arrived in a sorry state with tins bashed and packets damaged.
Sorry state of affairs IN HIS column (January 18) Steve Dennis lamented that the Clarence House Chase is no longer a handicap and, as a result, rarely if ever produces the epic finishes that characterised previous runnings.
Shakil Shaikh had completed third term as president of the region, but the PCB is keeping mum on sorry state of Islamabad affairs.
This is with reference to the article on the sorry state of tea plantation workers in Sri Lanka.
and body as well A SORRY STATE that ancient code shun the very been tasked to the desire VILLA skipper Micah Richards was reportedly involved in a touchline "altercation" with fans following his side's dismal cup draw with Wycombe Wanderers.
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.
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.
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.
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.