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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Sherpao said that the sorry state of affairs had exposed the credentials of the provincial government.
With this sorry state of affairs, it is no wonder we have serious mapping challenges.
It is sorry state of affairs to point out that Police in all the four provinces is highly politicised and is unable to fulfil its professional responsibilities as per requirements of the law.
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.
The meeting discussed the sorry state of affairs at PU and said that the vice chancellor had been issued a charge-sheet and convened the syndicate's meeting to manipulate several matters.
He said Hyderabad presented a sorry state of affairs, including dilapidated roads, ponds of dirty water, fragile infrastructure, destroyed sewerage system, garbage at the corner of every street and road, stray dogs, contaminated drinking water and other civic problems.
If the pensioner had not stood up for the UK and paid their taxes and built up the UK again after the Second World War, then we would be in a sorry state of affairs today.
That is a sorry state of affairs in the 21st century and a product of government's failure to tackle bogus self-employment, the use of agency contracts as a business model and refusal to ban zero-hours contracts," he said at the union's annual conference in Plymouth.
He made it clear that this sorry state of affairs would be changed.
The media is also responsible for the sorry state of affairs in the US.
The only ray of light in this sorry state of affairs is that Labour is unelectable and ripping itself apart.
Mohun Bagan coach Sanjoy Sen also laments at the sorry state of affairs in Indian football with two Goa clubs withdrawing Coaches, officials slam federation after pullouts from I- League AIFF is not at all bothered about the traditional clubs of Indian Football.
IT'S a sorry state of affairs when we hear about a manager coming in to take somebody else's job when there's still four months left of the season.
It is a sorry state of affairs that we are losing that investment because they don't feel the opportunities are there for them at home.
Muhammad Yousaf, a Pakistani student who has achieved doctoral scholarship in Chinese university, stated that Pakistan embassy in China was undergoing sorry state of affairs wherein it was misleading visitors with wrong information and disrespecting to state offices and people of Pakistan.