The Idiom Attic - a collection of hundreds of English idioms, each one explained.
See also, a list of phrases that relate in some way to the word failure
" A sorry sight "
1. Something sadly neglected. 2. A person or thing of untidy appearance.
1. These Georgian townhouses were beautiful when they were built, but they make a sorry sight now they’ve been left unoccupied and vandalised. 2. Since Jim hit the bottle after Joan left him he’s not been taking care of himself. He looked a sorry sight today just dressed in old clothes and slippers.
Said when a previously promising enterprise goes irretrievably wrong.
It was pretty easy to get a loan in 2007, but the wheels came off the world banking system when they found out they had loaned out far too much.
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" Worse for wear "
Either 1. Shabby and worn out, or 2. Drunk.
1. This winter coat is a few years old now and is starting to look a bit worse for wear. 2. I know it's Jack's leaving do and he wants to stay until the end but, after all those tequia slammers, he's begining to look a little worse for wear.