at (something's) lowest ebb

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at (something's) lowest ebb

In a state of decline; less or lower than the typical standard or expectation. The charity struggled to help those in need, as outside donations were at their lowest ebb in years.
See also: ebb, low
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By all the unwritten laws of savage warfare it is always the redskin who attacks, and with the wiliness of his race he does it just before the dawn, at which time he knows the courage of the whites to be at its lowest ebb. The white men have in the meantime made a rude stockade on the summit of yonder undulating ground, at the foot of which a stream runs, for it is destruction to be too far from water.
Coach Cesare Prandelli Has REVOLUTIONISED a side at its lowest ebb after the debacle of South Africa with a blend of youth and experience, and an insistence on player discipline on club and national duty.
Confidence at Sunderland is at its lowest ebb and this from a team who finished bottom in 2003 with 19 points and bottom again in 2006 with 15 points.
Another Olympian Samiullah Khan said that it was hear-breaking to witness the nation's hockey at its lowest ebb. ( ANI )
After losing his seat at Berwick as a Liberal he went on to lead the Liberals in the House of Lords, and was a Liberal to his dying day, even when the party was at its lowest ebb. He rejected Labour because he rejected Socialism, disapproved of their excessive confidence in what the state could do and distrusted excessive trade union power.
After last week's European disasters, Scottish football is at its lowest ebb since 1978.
By ISLAMABAD, May 12, 2011 (Balochistan Times): Foreign Office Spokesperson Tehmina Janjua negating the impression that Pak-US relations are at its lowest ebb has said that the relations between the two countries are moving in the right direction.
ISLAMABAD, May 12, 2011 (Frontier Star): Foreign Office Spokesperson Tehmina Janjua negating the impression that Pak-US relations are at its lowest ebb has said that the relations between the two countries are moving in the right direction.
"It is at its lowest ebb, out of the football league, but with a fair wind and the right management and a bit of luck we could release that potential.
If at the last election we had such a low turnout, I shudder to think what the turnout this year will be when the respect for both parties of politicians is at its lowest ebb, especially when our Chancellor of the Exchequer, in his desperation for money, imposes a surcharge on motorists' fines to pay for victims of violent conduct.
With Nico Rosberg headed for McLaren, Red Bull's duo already re-signed and the Finn's reputation at its lowest ebb, his future is not looking good.
That was in week two when Wade's form was at its lowest ebb and King ran out an 8-1 winner, but Sporting's 6.2-6.7 180s quote this evening is on the high side.
The latest poll put support for Labour at its lowest ebb since Brown became PM.
Chancellor Gordon Brown today pledged to rebuild support for the Government in the face of turmoil at the top of the party and a poll showing Labour at its lowest ebb for years.
That means his power is, as Justice Jackson said in the steel seizure cases half a century ago, "at its lowest ebb." A recent letter from a group of law professors and former executive branch officials points out that "every time the Supreme Court has confronted a statute limiting the commander in chief's authority, it has upheld the statute." The Senate reports issued when FISA was enacted confirm the understanding that FISA overrode any preexisting inherent authority of the President.