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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He said: "This club has been in the doldrums for a long time but we all want to get to the promised land.
Has the fact that Arnold has ``swiped'' billions from local agencies affected city budgets, or that the stock market had been in the doldrums have anything to do with the so-called problem?
McGinley had been in the doldrums and even missed the cut at the recent Smurfit European Open on his own patch, Ireland's K Club.
The decision seems partly due to CBS's generally upbeat view of the TV advertising market that has been in the doldrums.