state of affairs

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - state of affairs

"state of affairs"

the general situation and circumstances connected with someone or something


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - state of affairs

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  How was your holiday?

Colleague 2:  Great but after being away for two weeks, I would like to know how things are going around the office.

Colleague 1:  The general state of affairs haven't really changed. Everything is pretty well the same as when you left. Production is on schedule. Sales are doing as expected. Everything is good.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - state of affairs

A couple are talking ...

Wife:  When are you coming home from the office? It is getting difficult to entertain your brother, sister-in-law and their three kids.

Husband:  I've got a couple of things to clear up here and then I'll be right home. What is the state of affairs there?

Wife: General pandemonium. With our three kids and your brothers three kids, the place is a disaster. Your sister-in-law and I are trying to get supper ready and your brother is out in the backyard getting the barbecue ready.

Husband:  Thanks for everything. I'll be home as soon as I can.

state of affairs - Usage:


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state of affairs - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for state of affairs.

state of affairs - Examples:

1)  On March 6, the high court lamented the "state of affairs" that has made Maharashtra police lag behind the world in respect of modern investigation.

2)  The disturbing state of affairs has not spared the hospital staff from the burnout of working longer hours without leave ...

3)  ... and we adjusted it and adapted it to represent the state of affairs.

4)  ... that the government was obligated to remedy the same and that the present state of affairs "can not be permitted to continue any longer".

5)  ... and expressed concern that if not rectified immediately, the state of affairs could lead to an epidemic of infectious diseases.

6)  ... its new online system. Since being made aware of this state of affairs by Mr. Cavanagh, no further breaches have been detected.

7)  Besides, factors like poverty and negligence are also responsible for this shocking state of affairs.

8)  ... a major new research project has found pervasive anxiety among people about the state of affairs

9)  ... and they will be meeting regularly to deliberate on the state of affairs of the schools.

10)  You may think this is a peculiar state of affairs when councils are simultaneously selling assets to mitigate budget shortfalls.

11)  The Chief Minister expressed dismay at the current state of affairs in the US.

12)  How long this state of affairs is going to prevail like this in the future nobody knows.

13)  We would act according to current state of affairs.

14)  Many people have resigned themselves to the state of affairs, many feel a need to enshrine free speech at any cost, many feel ...

15)  We want to change this state of affairs, but we lack the courage to do anything different from what we have been ...

16)  I am very happy with the state of affairs, especially in the interest we are starting to see in both ...

17)  We must not permit this unfortunate state of affairs to determine our reactions to this very complex situation.

18)  A similar state of affairs is occurring on the PGA Tour, with a new wave of talent comprising ...

19)  It will take more than demographic change to reverse this state of affairs.

20)  In such a tense state of affairs, how will false alarms be interpreted?