a fine state of affairs

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition -

"a fine state of affairs"

a sarcastic or ironic reference to an unpleasant and problematic situation


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition -

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Production costs are rising and sales volumes are falling.

Colleague 2:  Well, that is a fine state of affairs.

Colleague 1:  Pardon? You are being sarcastic, right?

Colleague 2:  Of course I am being sarcastic. These latest reports are terrible.

Idiom Scenario 2

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Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  What a fine state of affairs. You absolutely insisted that your old boat was reliable and would get the job done. Here we are hours from any human habitation, it's getting dark and the boat has sprung a leak.

Friend 2:  It is not as bad as all that. The weather is nice and we have enough food for a couple of days. We'll make camp and everything will look better in the morning. Maybe I can even repair the boat tomorrow.

a fine state of affairs - Usage:


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a fine state of affairs - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for a fine state of affairs.

a fine state of affairs - Examples:

1)  Isn't it a fine state of affairs that human evolution has come down to yelling at appliances to fetch food?

2)  That's a fine state of affairs, isn't it? I don't believe in the law, but I'll defend it.

3)  This is a fine state of affairs. When I left, not a single tear was shed. As far as I know, everyone ate heartily and went their way merrily.

4)  ... example is one that other councils would be minded to follow -- a fine state of affairs which could not have been envisaged two years ago.

5)  A fine state of affairs everywhere, no one can walk on any of the NEW footpaths, let alone

6)  The positive results of the ongoing efforts to improve the fine state of affairs in Balochistan can produce negative consequences.

7)  We have no doubt that this will dramatically improve the existing fine state of affairs.

8)  ... and we have the present unjust and unsustainable fine state of affairs.

9)  I'm very upset with the fine state of affairs right now.

10)  ... who were irregularly dismissed and who resigned because of a fine state of affairs within the board, ...

11)  better during that era because of lack of commitment and corruption. This fine state of affairs offered fertile ground to other political parties especially ...

12)  This is a fine state of affairs, customers losing serious money as our sector loses credibility.

13)  He said there was a deep-rooted cause behind that fine state of affairs and that is patriarchal mindset that discriminated against women at individual, societal and state ...

14)  The same question can be posed about the fine state of affairs in our failing society.

15)  ... can damage the relations between UK and Britain. I hope that this fine state of affairs can be brought to a swift conclusion. 

16)  From the Indian point of view, it's a fine state of affairs as well. Bitter internal fights are being carried over to Rio ...

17)  Though the millennia-old rock sculptures face no threat, the fine state of affairs in the State Museum left a number of visitors upset.

18)  It is sad to see greatness reduced to a fine state of affairs, but that is what is happening in cinemas right now.

19)  It is not just a fine state of affairs, but it verges on the pathetic.

20)  But his boldness to react quickly and positively to handle the existing fine state of affairs in his administration must be admired and praised.