in the doldrums

*in the doldrums

Fig. sluggish; inactive; in low spirits. (*Typically: be ~; put someone [into] ~.) He's usually in the doldrums in the winter. I had some bad news yesterday, which put me into the doldrums.
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in the doldrums

1. lacking activity or progress When the economy is in the doldrums, every business feels the effects.
2. feeling sad and lacking the energy to do anything He's been in the doldrums since his girlfriend left for college.
Usage notes: the opposite is out of the doldrums: Maybe inviting him to dinner will get him out of the doldrums.
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of the doldrums (the part of the world's seas near the equator where there is little wind, making it difficult to sail)
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in the doldrums

Depressed; dull and listless. For example, Dean's in the doldrums for most of every winter. This expression alludes to the maritime doldrums, a belt of calms and light winds north of the equator in which sailing ships were often becalmed. [Early 1800s] Also see down in the dumps.
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References in classic literature ?
Equatorial work at low levels is trying enough in all conscience without the added terrors of scientific hooliganism in the Doldrums.
I understood quite a good deal of First Principles, but his Biology took the wind out of my sails, and his Psychology left me butting around in the doldrums for many a day.
I think we're in the doldrums a little bit right now, but I still believe in this group and what they can do," Burke said Sunday, after the Ducks beat Colorado to snap a three-game losing streak.
After a number of quarters in the doldrums, newsletter acquisition activity finally awoke in the second quarter this year to join the rest of the information industry in the stepped-up level of overall acquisitions that began last year, reports the merger and acquisition advisory firm Whitestone Communications--which tracks M & A deals for its annual Who's Buying Whom reference publication.
Domestic steel demand could remain in the doldrums if the summer construction season is slower than the past two, and also if oar-buying habits are changing as rapidly as early figures indicate.
These people have had years of being in the doldrums,' said Sturrock during the celebrations at the Millennium Stadium.
With little going on in the way of homicide, Minneapolis detective Magozzi and Rolseth are in the doldrums.
There's no doubt that buying Hamptons real estate is becoming a more attractive option' to growing numbers of consumers and investors, especially with the stock market remaining in the doldrums and conventional banking products generating only marginal returns," Ms.
The merger business remains in the doldrums, relatively speaking, but some experts talk about a new wave of European buyers sizing up companies in the U.
Actually, the first three nights in the Doldrums were very restful.
The overall recycling market is mired in the doldrums.
Twenty years ago, the designated hitter came into being because the game was in the doldrums and needed an infusion of offensive excitement--or so the numbskull owners believed.
In 2000, the women's weekly market was in the doldrums with declining sales, but in 2005 this market is growing rapidly and enticing publishers to launch new titles.
When the market was in the doldrums a few years ago, No.
Those sectors dependent on business spending are still in the doldrums.