[ UK /ʌnhˈɛlpfəli/ ]
  1. in an unhelpful manner
    he stood by unhelpfully while the house burned down
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How To Use unhelpfully In A Sentence

  • He's pulled to his feet and stands vacantly and unhelpfully behind the coffin as it seesaws up the steps, carried by the royal family, in a confusion of priests and cameramen.
  • The Minnesota Statute providing for vacancies in Senate seats unhelpfully defines ‘vacancy’ to mean ‘vacancy.’
  • Yet the notion of the thrusting career woman, starkly contrasted to the selfless home-maker, lurks unhelpfully in the background.
  • When he unhelpfully insisted on surviving, the multi-talented Borgias produced brother Cesare to strangle him in his sickbed.
  • It is, as a friend unhelpfully told me when I was about to direct it, ‘so good not even a director could mess it up’.
  • `There aren't any doors that small in Fiddleford,' he said unhelpfully. TEN STEPS TO HAPPINESS
  • The fee has brought its own pressure to bear on a quiet young man already - perhaps unhelpfully - described as a superstar by his international manager.
  • Every time I backed the car off the drive, for instance, it became unhelpfully scared of the camber in the road.
  • `I don't know," Iris wobbled unhelpfully, and, returning to basics, asked plaintively again, `Where am I? TO HIS JUST DESSERTS
  • This week is full up with appointments and social engagements, I'm sure of it, but I can hardly remember any specifics, my diary unhelpfully empty.
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