a pretty pass
{n. phr.} An unfortunate condition; a critical state. * /While the boss was away, things at the company had come to a pretty pass./

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • a pretty pass — {n. phr.} An unfortunate condition; a critical state. * /While the boss was away, things at the company had come to a pretty pass./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • a\ pretty\ pass — n. phr. An unfortunate condition; a critical state. While the boss was away, things at the company had come to a pretty pass …   Словарь американских идиом

  • come to a pretty pass — reach a bad or regrettable state of affairs * * * come to such a ˈpass | come to a pretty ˈpass idiom (old fashioned humorous) to reach a sad or difficult state • I never thought things would come to such a pass as this …   Useful english dictionary

  • things have come to a pretty pass — things have come to/reached a pretty pass something that you say which means a situation is very bad. Things have come to a pretty pass when old people are dying of hypothermia because they can t afford to heat their homes. (often + when) …   New idioms dictionary

  • things have come reached a pretty pass — things have come to/reached a pretty pass something that you say which means a situation is very bad. Things have come to a pretty pass when old people are dying of hypothermia because they can t afford to heat their homes. (often + when) …   New idioms dictionary

  • come to a pretty pass — If something has come to a pretty pass, then it is in a difficult, unfavourable or negative situation …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • come to a pretty pass — ► come to a pretty pass reach a regrettable state of affairs. Main Entry: ↑pass …   English terms dictionary

  • things have come to a pretty pass — old fashioned phrase used for saying that a situation has become very unpleasant, difficult, or unacceptable Thesaurus: words used to describe difficult situationssynonym Main entry: pass …   Useful english dictionary

  • come to a pretty pass — reach a regrettable state of affairs. → pass …   English new terms dictionary

  • things have come to a pretty pass — old fashioned used for saying that a situation has become very unpleasant, difficult, or unacceptable …   English dictionary

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