in the depths of (something)

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in the depths of (something)

In the middle of and wholly consumed by a particularly negative and/or difficult situation or emotional state. The country was in the depths of the worst economic disaster of the last century. While I was in the depths of depression, I found that I couldn't even get out of bed in the morning.
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I've never been in the depths of despair, so I can't say," responded Marilla.
You will be surrounded by a host of admirers, pouring into your ears their admiration and love, and then what shall I have to support me, but that 'yes,' with which you once raised me from the depths of despair to an elevation of happiness that was high as the highest pinnacle of the caverns of Kentucky; raising me from the depths of Chimborazo.
The night passed away, and the sun rose from the ocean; my feelings became calmer, if it may be called calmness when the violence of rage sinks into the depths of despair.
It commanded a view of the whole intervening distance; and, discouraged as I was by other circumstances, this prospect plunged me into the very depths of despair.
You can turn your hand to anything, you clever girl, so do come and give me some advice, for I am in the depths of despair," said Fanny when the "maid-of-all-work" as Polly called herself, found a leisure hour.
Laugh at the chance which has brought your friend near to you and Monsieur du Vallon, instead of being in the depths of despair about it.
He had said that she was a German, and a spy, and from the heights of bliss the English officer was occasionally plunged to the depths of despair in contemplation of the inevitable, were the ape-man's charges to prove true.
Then he concluded he must have counted wrong; but as another day passed, he gave up all hope-- and was sunk in the depths of despair, when one morning after breakfast a keeper came to him with the word that his time was up at last.
This idea had reduced him to the depths of despair, when suddenly, his wife, Anne of Austria - "
RUGBY UNION: Neil Jenkins has hailed Wales fly-half James Hook's ice-cool temperament and his "absolutely fantastic" comeback from the depths of despair against world champions South Africa.
Paul said: "After losing at Southend and Bury we were in the depths of despair.
When I was diagnosed with MS I thought it was the end of the world and fell into the depths of despair, but I have climbed my own Everest.
Craigan knows what it's like to be part of a squad in the depths of despair because Northern Ireland had endured a miserable run before their win in Estonia.
I went from the depths of despair to the heights of joy,'' Lowell said Monday, the day he returned to the lineup.
One emotionally-drained fan said outside the Clarence Inn opposite the club shop in William Street, ``I was at the depths of despair when Hull went into the lead and we could have gone down.