a sorry state of affairs

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - a sorry state of affairs

"a sorry state of affairs"

a bad situation or circumstance that causes concern


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - a sorry state of affairs

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Half the workforce has been laid off. Office supplies are hard to acquire and management are not saying anything about what is going on.

Colleague 2:  It is a sorry state of affairs, indeed.

Colleague 1:  Do you think we should fear for our jobs?

Colleague 2:  The situation is pretty dire. I believe it is time to start sending out resumes.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - a sorry state of affairs

A couple are talking ...

Wife:  We have both lost our jobs and are struggling to find new ones. The bills are piling up. Pretty soon we are going to be homeless. What are we going to do?

Husband:  It is a sorry state of affairs alright but we are going to persevere. Our situation has to improve. We just need to keep trying.

a sorry state of affairs - Usage:


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a sorry state of affairs - Gerund Form:

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

a sorry state of affairs - Examples:

1)  ... leaving colleges and universities with very low levels of educational competence. The reasons for this sorry state of affairs is well known.

2)  This is a sorry and extremely sorry state of affairs, customers losing serious money as our sector loses credibility. 

3)  I would like to suggest the reasons for this sorry state of affairs - a lack of leadership and a lack of passion.

4)  Calling the development as a political coup, another academician said it is a sorry state of affairs

5)  ... room if the children still have to sit on the floor? It's a sorry state of affairs but our hands are tied.

6)  ... out there that these kinds of problems are happening. It's just a very sorry state of affairs.

7)  Ethnic minorities are scared on both sides of the pond; a sorry state of affairs in 2016.

8)  ... you're not trusting anyone in your life at this point, which is a sorry state of affairs for her.

9)  ... the ministry of Health might have lost billions of shillings to graft explain the sorry state of affairs in public health institutions at the county and national levels across the ...

10)  ... their attitudes to each other seem downright vicious. It is a very sorry state of affairs.

11)  It's a sorry state of affairs that we are losing so many farmers.

12)  ... filled with people watched a thief rob and kill a schoolboy and did nothing. Sorry state of affairs.

13)  No one can be blamed for the sorry state of affairs of Health Department because the PM is directly involved.

14)  ... don't have enough ICU units to treat road accident and conflict-related trauma emergencies. Its a sorry state of affairs but it is true.

15)  ... mainstream video games still don't usually have women as protagonists. It's a sorry state of affairs.

16)  It is really a sorry state of affairs if I am still the only commercially successful woman director.

17)  What a terrible sorry state of affairs for the black citizens that supported this bunch of crooks.

18)  ... apart from the greed of the ruling class, which is responsible for the current sorry state of affairs, the political process is too expensive for honest men to dare ...

19)  ... in poverty and most of his associates deserted him. When asked if it is sorry state of affairs ...

20)  Its a very sorry state of affairs and a pretty poor example of how low society has stooped to ...