But for manufacturers to use their idling workforce to their own ends reminds us of the beggar's use of the woeful dog he has just kicked.
He sounded so woeful , his expression so longing, that I had felt sympathy for him.
However, the covers are generally woeful , neither standing out at first glance amidst a crowded newsstand, or providing any lasting meaning.
Not that I mind so much working late on a Friday, since it helps to keep my mind occupied and prevents me contemplating my woeful lack of a meaningful social life.
One of her jobs was to pull together party headquarters in Glasgow at a time when it was in woeful disarray - a task at which she manifestly failed and was then sidelined.
The committee concluded that the paper trail on this whole sorry transaction was woeful .
His positioning is woeful , as is his decision-making.
Last weekend's wet, wild and woeful trip to gloomy south Wales did turn out to have a silver lining for at least one Borders player.
The condition of some of the roads in the region is woeful .
At the start of the second half some woeful defending let Bamber Bridge in under the sticks to stretch their lead even further and the game was slipping away from the Harriers.