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be down in the dumps

To be visibly sad or depressed. Molly's been moping around all week, and I have no idea why she's so down in the dumps. Rob has been down in the dumps ever since Gloria broke up with him.
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down in the dumps

Visibly sad or depressed. Molly's been moping around all week, and I have no idea why she's so down in the dumps. Rob has been down in the dumps ever since Gloria broke up with him.
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dump a/(one's) load

1. slang To vomit. When I had the flu, I spent most of the time dumping my load and couldn't eat for days.
2. slang To defecate. I wouldn't mind the neighbor's dog getting into my yard if it didn't always dump a load on my lawn!
See also: dump, load

dump on (someone or something)

1. Literally, to snow on someone or something. Ugh, another storm system is expected to dump on us this weekend.
2. To inform someone of one's problems or woes. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "dump" and "on." I'm sorry I just dumped it on you like that, but I had to tell someone about my mom's illness.
3. To unexpectedly and unreasonably delegate something to someone. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "dump" and "on." Can you believe the boss dumped all this work on me the day before my vacation?
4. To dispose of something somewhere. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "dump" and "on." You can't just dump all your old furniture on the sidewalk and expect the trash men to take it.
5. To give someone harsh and undeserved criticism. I know you're stressed about the wedding, but can you please stop dumping on me? I didn't intentionally bring the wrong box of place cards!
See also: dump, on

down in the dumps

Also, down in the mouth. Discouraged, depressed, or sad, as in She's been down in the dumps ever since she lost the match, or What's wrong with him? He's so down in the mouth about everything. The noun dumps has been used for "a state of depression" since the early 1500s, and down in the mouth, alluding to the downturned corners of the mouth as a sign of misery, dates from the mid-1600s.
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down in the dumps

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in the dumps

1. If you are down in the dumps or in the dumps, you feel depressed. Try to be sources of support for each other when one of you is feeling down in the dumps. I was in the dumps when I met Jayne. I was clearly not living the kind of life I should live.
2. If a business or economy is in the dumps or down in the dumps, it is doing badly. California's economy is unlikely to stay in the dumps for more than two years.
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down in the dumps

(of a person) depressed or unhappy. informal
In early 16th-century English dump had the meaning ‘a fit of depression’, a sense now surviving only in this expression.
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down in the ˈdumps

(informal) depressed; miserable: I’ve been feeling a bit down in the dumps since I lost my job. OPPOSITE: on top of the world
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The Srar dump currently accepts 400 tons of waste daily.
The value of glass dumps has declined somewhat in recent years.
Currently, wastes cannot be re-exported after 30 days, so many exporters simply dump them at ports.
DCNR works in partnership with PA CleanWays to identify dump sites and to form community volunteer teams to help remove the waste.
Under current laws those convicted of running an illegal dump face fines of up to pounds 10 million as well as jail terms of up to 10 years.
It turned out, says Friloux, that truckloads of benzine and other chemicals had been shipped to the Campbell Wells dump site and mixed in with the other waste from the oil rigs offshore.
Juneau from 1984 to 1988, says he had to dump empty paint cans, solvents, and other waste that should have been disposed of ashore.
Especially since policy-makers still know relatively little about the effects of living with hazardous waste dumps.
Aero chose to work with Poly Hi Solidur, because based on Aero's extensive market research, the QuickSilver(R) and DuraPro(TM) dump liners were clearly perceived as the industry's best.
The Valley, home to the largest urban garbage dump in America.
Criminals who take advantage of lax controls to illegally dump toxic waste place local populations at serious risk.
The scientists decided to examine this colony because of its proximity to three refuse dumps.
5 million Bridgestone/Firestone tires, and further recalls anticipated, environmental and health concerns have been raised about the tires reaching tire dumps.
Owner Browning Ferris Industries says that in creating one of the largest dumps in the nation, it could run the landfill more efficiently, with one set of equipment, one daily disposal area and one code of rules governing operations.