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poorly

A popular term by British laypersons referring to a non-specific state of malaise, as in Patient X is poorly.
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Long lines of poorly lighted streets might be faintly traced, with here and there a lighter spot, where lamps were clustered round a square or market, or round some great building; after a time these grew more distinct, and the lamps themselves were visible; slight yellow specks, that seemed to be rapidly snuffed out, one by one, as intervening obstacles hid them from the sight.
Poorly planted, by politics, illy attended, by politics, decimated and many times repeatedly decimated by the hostile forces of their environment, a straggling corporal's guard of survivors, they thrust their branches, twisted and distorted, as if writhing in agony, into the air.
"If I did not sit, the man would perceive that we were only pretending to be equals -- and playing the deception pretty poorly, too."
They turned aside, and supped late and poorly, very much against Sancho's will, who turned over in his mind the hardships attendant upon knight-errantry in woods and forests, even though at times plenty presented itself in castles and houses, as at Don Diego de Miranda's, at the wedding of Camacho the Rich, and at Don Antonio Moreno's; he reflected, however, that it could not be always day, nor always night; and so that night he passed in sleeping, and his master in waking.
It makes me very nervous and poorly, to be thwarted so in my own family, and to have neighbours who think of themselves before anybody else.
So vicious was his onslaught that the poorly armed and unprotected burghers, unused to the stern game of war, fell like sheep before the iron men on their iron shod horses.
I looked round, and discovered a poorly clad little boy, with a basket over his arm, and a morsel of paper in his hand.
Then, full of his evil purpose, Godrich thought no more of his oath to the dead king, but cast Goldboru into a darksome prison, where she was poorly clad and ill-fed.
In all three metrics, gastrointestinal cancers, gynecologic cancers, and brain and lung cancers were poorly funded.
It was originally thought that canines were becoming poorly when walking at a playing field near Holly Bush in Skelton, but locals say they now believe it is a vomiting bug going round the East Cleveland village.
A Cheshire charity which makes today's dreams tomorrow's destination for very poorly children has returned from its 2018 adventure.