slough of despond

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slough of despond

A state of severe depression. The phrase originated in John Bunyan's 17th-century novel A Pilgrim's Progress. I started going to therapy once I felt myself slipping into the slough of despond.
See also: of, slough
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Well, you dropped Linton with it into a Slough of Despond.
I can see how some individuals might fall into a Slough of Despond at this precise time of year.
But hey, they've still got their cars, and as far as I'm aware, we're not yet wading through such a slough of despond.
Anyone who has had the misfortune to drive through Orange County as frequently as I have will agree that it is mainly, if not entirely a Slough of Despond, in which the discrepancy between great wealth and architectural distinction is as extreme as anywhere in the United States.
I've never been a painter, but in a slough of despond, or when overcome by paralyzing lethargy--for moments, hours, days--psychically wired to the TV set, my only friend, I've had occasion to be an armchair painter, thanks to Mr.
IT can sometimes be easy, in the midst of bad news stories, to sink into a slough of despond.