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The meaning and origin of the expression: A sorry sight

A sorry sight

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What's the meaning of the phrase 'A sorry sight'?

A 'sorry sight' is a regrettable and unwelcome feature. Now also used to mean something or someone of untidy appearance.

What's the origin of the phrase 'A sorry sight'?

The meaning and origin of the expression 'A sorry sight'The phrase originated in Shakespeare's play Macbeth, 1605:

Hark! Who lies i' the second chamber?


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

A foolish thought, to say a sorry sight.

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