sad case

sad case

n
informal a person considered to be ludicrously contemptible or pathetic
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But a week later we read in the newspaper of the sad case of Bishop Morehouse, who had been committed to the Napa Asylum and for whom there were still hopes held out.
Flights of fancy gave place, in her mind, to a steady fireside glow, and I had already begun to perceive how, with the development of the conviction that--as time went on without a public accident-- our young things could, after all, look out for themselves, she addressed her greatest solicitude to the sad case presented by their instructress.
Whereupon the newspapers informed the public that the sad case of the two lepers at the pest-house had become tragic, because the white one had gone insane.
I had seen Scotty weep about his own worthlessness and the sad case of his Edinburgh mother who was a lady.
And they were accommodating Hetty, poor thing--a pretty, respectable-looking young woman, apparently in a sad case.
The landlord of the house which we had taken when we were married heard of my sad case.
He had never thought that a fugitive might be a hapless mother, a defenceless child,--like that one which was now wearing his lost boy's little well-known cap; and so, as our poor senator was not stone or steel,--as he was a man, and a downright noble-hearted one, too,--he was, as everybody must see, in a sad case for his patriotism.
It is certainly a very sad case but it does not meet the criteria for a serious case review.
Defence solicitor, Carla Forfar said: "We have a very sad case of the end of a 25-year relationship and a man perhaps unable to accept that.
Mike Sisson-Pell, mitigating, said: "It's an extremely sad case.
This sad case shows why private companies, fixated by profit, should be excluded from the NHS.
Mr Weston said: "This was a very sad case, not to mention a very complicated and long-running one.