a low ebb

low ebb

A state of decline. The economy is at a low ebb with no hope of recovery in the near future.
See also: ebb, low

(at) a low ˈebb

not as good, strong, successful, etc. as usual: Business confidence is at a low ebb at the moment.Our family fortunes are at a bit of a low ebb. OPPOSITE: (on) the crest of a wave
This idiom refers to a very low tide, when the sea is a long way from the land.
See also: ebb, low
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As the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank meet this week after a year which has seen financial crisis sweep the globe, confidence in the very institutions charged with preserving the world's monetary order is at a low ebb.
It is like a cry for help for the body and if a therapist picks up on such a low ebb they would advise rest.