a low ebb

a low ebb

a bad state (not used with the ) Respect for the police is at a low ebb. I'd just separated from my wife and was at a fairly low ebb. (= was feeling sad and without hope) Relations between the two countries have reached their lowest ebb (= are the worst they have been) since the second world war.
See also: ebb, low
References in classic literature ?
Medical knowledge is at a low ebb among us," said Mr.
These little events, coming one after the other, left me very jangled in my nerves, and I could see from my companion's petulant manner that his own patience had got to a low ebb.
As the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank meet this week after a year which has seen financial crisis sweep the globe, confidence in the very institutions charged with preserving the world's monetary order is at a low ebb.
It is like a cry for help for the body and if a therapist picks up on such a low ebb they would advise rest.