sorry to say

sorry to say

Regretfully; unfortunately. The film had a lot of potential, but, sorry to say, it falls flat in just about every way.
See also: say, sorry
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I wish we could bring dear Frederica too, but I am sorry to say that her mother's errand hither was to fetch her away; and, miserable as it made the poor girl, it was impossible to detain her.
I am sorry to say, no advance has been made since my former report.
I AM sorry to say that Peter was not very well during the evening.
An honest and natural slum dialect is more tolerable than the attempt of a phonetically untaught person to imitate the vulgar dialect of the golf club; and I am sorry to say that in spite of the efforts of our Academy of Dramatic Art, there is still too much sham golfing English on our stage, and too little of the noble English of Forbes Robertson.
This boy remembered nothing of his parents, for he had been brought when quite young to be reared by the old woman known as Mombi, whose reputation, I am sorry to say, was none of the best.
He had not the least respect, I am sorry to say, for me in return, or for anybody but the cook; to whom he was attached--but only, I fear, as a Policeman might have been.
The winter is not far off, game is getting scarcer and scarcer, our stock of provisions is running low, and the sick--especially, I am sorry to say, the sick in the
Indeed, I am sorry to say there was too much reason for this conjecture; the lad having from his earliest years discovered a propensity to many vices, and especially to one which hath as direct a tendency as any other to that fate which we have just now observed to have been prophetically denounced against him: he had been already convicted of three robberies, viz.
Wilcox about you, as I promised, and am sorry to say that he has no vacancy for you.
I am sorry to say that my patronage ends with this; and my interest is hardly more extensive.
Maclean gave me four hundred pounds to put in the bank, sir,' began John; 'and I'm sorry to say that I've been robbed of it
Pity and surprise were strongly depictured in your Mother's countenance, during the whole of my narration, but I am sorry to say, that to the eternal reproach of her sensibility, the latter infinitely predominated.
Then, dear mother, I am sorry to say the second one swore a little.
Political cousins who abused each other have become united against Nawaz Sharif but it was sorry to say that Farhatullah Babar was not being seen in senate, she underlined.
I'm not a fan of Theresa May, I'm sorry to say that as a woman, I'm sorry if that makes me a bad feminist, but she is too conservative for me.