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state of affairs (or things)

Definition of state of affairs or things in English:

A situation or set of circumstances: the survey revealed a sorry state of affairs in schools
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  • I don't want to travel by public transport as I don't feel safe, and that is a sorry state of affairs.
  • Sunderland's solicitor Clive Flynn described the case as a sad and sorry state of affairs.
  • A sorry state of affairs to say the least and a disaster for the promotion of the game.
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