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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.
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follow each other like a series of awkwardly strung-together incidents, depriving the show of any real sense of forward motion--and contributing heavily to the rather unpleasant slough of despond that is being portrayed onstage.
"They throw African-Americans into the despond of unemployment; inadequate welfare payments; inferior education and uninhabitable 'project' housing uptown.
This happened after the noted journalist Stewart Alsop recalled in his memoir, Stay of Execution (1973), that Winston Churchill had stated in his presence: "America, it is a great and strong country, like a workhorse pulling the rest of the world out of despond and despair.
So, without a backward glance, I let my despond fall away as one might shed a raincoat when the storm has passed, and stepped into the nearest barber shop.
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.
In 1993, two life-changing events tilted the see-saw of my life from the clouds (a spectacular love affair) to the Slough of Despond (surgery for a non-cancerous brain tumor, followed by the end of said romance).
At home, the hoi polloi keep tendering the books of lob's despond,
Europeans, on the other hand, are in a despond of high unemployment and economic sclerosis.
Lanigan, a railway junction point, with its stores, banks, churches, elevators and all the equipment of a modern city, is about three miles from the crossing of this slough of utter despond. If any of the freighters who wended weary way across the Big Salt Plain in the season of 1876 or in the immediately succeeding years had been asked to choose between locating in the hills or on the plain, my guess is that 100 per cent would have chosen the hills..
When Rich Burns, the central character who is battling in the slough of dissertation despond, tries to confirm his doubt that the voice he has encountered is the real Smith, he struggles to come up with any first-hand knowledge of the thinker: "Where had I put it?
Consequently, while Isham endeavors to assuage Lilburn's supposed lingering agony, he himself sinks deeper into a personal slough of despond. But what Isham does not recognize is that Lilburn is at peace, knowing that he should die, must die, in order to be reunited with George.
The gnarled, quicksilver second movement lacked proper articulation at speed and was more smeared than set forward; throughout, the Guarneri underplayed the dynamic contrasts innate to late Beethoven, and edging into that terrible Slough of Despond, the eternal mezzoforte.
A community that believed the good times had passed it by and left it in a slough of despond found that it could lift its head and reach for the stars.
Despite her frequent slides into the slough of despond, Maureen remains an appealing character/narrator because of her wit and edge, regularly aimed at herself.
Revelling in his political incorrectness, he sees Europe as `a slough of despond', and is amazed at how happy the French seem to be about being run again by the Germans.