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A sorry sight

Meaning

A regrettable and unwelcome aspect or feature. Now also used to mean something or someone of untidy appearance.

Origin

From Shakespeare's Macbeth, 1605:

MACBETH:
Hark! Who lies i' the second chamber?

LADY MACBETH:
Donalbain.

MACBETH:
This is a sorry sight.
[Looking on his hands]

LADY MACBETH:
A foolish thought, to say a sorry sight.

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