be in high/low spirits

be in high spirits

To be happy and upbeat. Ellen's been in high spirits ever since she found out she got the lead in the school play.
See also: high, spirit

be in low spirits

To be unhappy or sad. Ellen's been in low spirits ever since she found out she didn't get the lead in the school play.
See also: low, spirit

be in high/low ˈspirits

(also in good/poor ˈspirits) be happy and cheerful/sad and miserable: John was in rather low spirits all evening. ▶ ˌhigh-ˈspirited, ˌlow-ˈspirited adj.: high-spirited children
See also: high, low, spirit