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 Wanderer 's hut--are increasing in number day by day.
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., of robbing an orchard, of stealing a duck out of a farmer's yard, and of picking Master Blifil's pocket of a ball.
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.
I'll be sorry to say goodbye to the 200 Oor Wullie statues that have been brightening our streets and parks over the summer as the Bucket Trail comes to an end.
But while this building was going on I had letters printed in the Birmingham Mail as to my doubts and concerns and I am sorry to say that they have now been proven correct.