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at a low ebb

At a low point, like the receding tide. Please don't give me any more bad news—I'm already at a low ebb. Interest in the local soccer team is really at a low ebb, thanks to all those losing seasons.
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at a low ebb

At a low point, in a state of decline or depression. For example, The current recession has put our business at a low ebb. This idiom transfers the low point of a tide to a decline in human affairs. [Mid-1600s]
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at a low ebb

COMMON
1. If something is at a low ebb, it is failing and at a low level. Confidence in the whole project was at a low ebb. By now, the company's finances were at a low ebb. Note: You can also say that something is at its lowest ebb. Their reputation was at its lowest ebb.
2. If someone is at a low ebb, they are depressed. When I have been at a low ebb I have found the friendship and love of my fellow churchgoers to be a great comfort. Note: You can also say that someone is at their lowest ebb. I was mentally at my lowest ebb. Note: The ebb tide is one of the regular periods, usually two per day, when the sea gradually falls to a lower level, as the tide moves away from the land.
See also: ebb, low

at a low ebb

in an especially poor state.
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Treasury Action: yields remain at low ebb in the halo of the dovish Fed statement and dots yesterday, though the Philly Fed index rebounded smartly and jobless claims sank.
KARACHI -- Market turned negative on Wednesday amid shrinking participation as investor sentiments were at low ebb. The KSE-100 index declined 126.39 points (0.31 per cent) to close at 40,909.91.
Relations between Ankara and Washington are at low ebb after the US imposed sanctions on Turkish ministers of justice and interior due to Turkey's failure to release American Pastor Andrew Brunson.
In Pakistan, fear of social unrest or possible political wrangling on or before the forthcoming national elections on the 11th of May 2013 is keeping business activity at low ebb. Therefore, despite just about 350,000 bales of unsold cotton still lying with the ginners from the current season (August 2012 - July 2013), cotton prices remain subdued and the market is noticeably quiet.
With OEM loyalty to casting suppliers at low ebb, low-cost competitors on the rise and U.S.
Manufacturing might be at low ebb just now but visionaries like Stuart show the flame of innovation is far from extinguished.
Interest rates are at low ebb and attractive terms of financing should contribute to a gradual increase in high-end household spending during the fourth quarter of this year.
Your criticism of Militant's running of the City Council in the mid-1980s was high in opinion but tellingly low in fact.However, your remark that ``When Labour won power (locally) in 1983, the city was at low ebb ...''gives the game away exactly.Liverpool's problems in the 1980s were the cause of Militant's coming topower; not the consequence.
As a result, consumer confidence is at low ebb and that is putting downward pressure on demand for high-end goods and services.
Consumer confidence is at low ebb and not likely to improve much in 2003.
Treasury Action: yields remain at low ebb with stocks, though the approach of the $39 B 5-year auction issue shortly could curb some enthusiasm for Treasuries at highs.
With confidence at low ebb, household purchases of high-end goods and services should languish below 2 percent through the first half of the year, surpassing 3 percent by the end of the year.
With consumer confidence at low ebb and business leaders worried about the slow recovery in export sales, it appears that 2003 will limit growth in private sector expenditure to no more than 3 percent.
Treasury Action: yields remained at low ebb especially at the long-end, though the widening of the budget gap wasn't particularly helpful, even after tame CPI and decent demand for the 30-year auction was bullish.
Euro$ interest rate futures retreated as China trade talk hopes trumped the EM crisis and left risk aversion at low ebb. NEC's Kudlow embraced the totality of the economic boom and dropped hints that NAFTA talks with Mexico were making progress as well.