in the depths of (something)

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in the depths of (something)

In the middle of and wholly consumed by a particularly negative and/or difficult situation or emotional state. The country was in the depths of the worst economic disaster of the last century. While I was in the depths of depression, I found that I couldn't even get out of bed in the morning.
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in the depths of something

at the worst or most unpleasant stage of something: in the depths of despair, poverty, depression, etc.in the depths of winter
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From exultation she had passed to the depths of depression which the imagination of her death aroused.
Sonny Liston's tale should be an uplifting, rags-to-riches one - a man who rose from the depths of Depression America to become the world heavyweight boxing champion.
90 on RRP SONNY Liston's tale should be a compelling, ultimately uplifting, ragsto-riches one; the story of a man who rose from the depths of Depression America to become heavyweight champion of the world.
90 on rrp) SONNY Liston's tale should be a compelling, ultimately uplifting, rags-to-riches one; the story of a man who rose from the depths of Depression America to become heavyweight champion of the world.
He hasn't left his bed since Monday, terribly afraid and in such depths of depression.
Gaps information leave you nging to find out more out how this wildlifesessed kid came out of the depths of depression to make his way in the world but it's an interesting dip into the star's psyche.
Gaps in information leave you longing to find out more about how this wildlifeobsessed kid came out of the depths of depression to make his way in the world but it's an interesting dip into the presenter's psyche.
EXCLUSIVE BY SIMON MULLOCK PAUL LAKE knows from his own painful experience how football's fickle fortunes can plunge players into the depths of depression.
The person with the power, through one decision, to drop you into the depths of depression.
When the fat was in the fire during the Bush administration, and when much of the talk at a tax seminar I attended at the time was focused on the prospect of the estate tax (the most confiscatory of all the taxes) being repealed, I was absolutely shocked and astonished by the depths of depression expressed among my brethren of the Bar, who I thought were supposed to be on the side of tax fairness and equity and all that good stuff.
It was as if, at long last, the penny has dropped among England supporters that the team isn't particularly good and that it's not worth entering the depths of depression when they fail to master moderate opponents such as the Swiss.
When Europe and America were in the depths of depression, it was the Indian clients who kept these brands going.
There is also the real human threat of hardship to farmers seemingly without help and driven to the depths of depression or worse.
She achieved the feat of cracking the prestigious civil services examination all the while juggling marriage, motherhood and an elder brother who she had to save from the depths of depression.
The 25-year-old has plumbed the depths of depression during his drawn-out rehabilitation but now hopes to end the campaign on a high with United in the Europa League.