be in the doldrums

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be in the doldrums

1. To be depressed or in low spirits; to be lethargic, sluggish, or lacking energy. I've been down in the doldrums ever since my grandfather died last month. I haven't really felt like going out and seeing friends lately. I'm just down in the doldrums a bit, I suppose.
2. To be in a state of stagnation; to lack activity or progress. After being in the doldrums for the past several years, the economy finally began to pick up over the last two months. The company has been in the doldrums ever since they replaced their CEO.
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be in the doldrums

 
1. if a business, an economy or a person's job is in the doldrums, it is not very successful and nothing new is happening in it
Usage notes: The doldrums was the name for an area of sea where ships were not able to move because there was no wind.
High-street spending remains in the doldrums and retailers do not expect an imminent recovery.
2. to feel sad and to lack the energy to do anything He's been in the doldrums these past couple of weeks and nothing I do seems to cheer him up.
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