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down in the doldrums

1. Depressed or in low spirits; lethargic, sluggish, or lacking energy. I've been down in the doldrums ever since my grandfather died last month. I haven't really felt like going out and seeing friends lately. I'm just down in the doldrums a bit, I suppose.
2. In a state of stagnation; lacking activity or progress. The economy, down in the doldrums for the past several years, finally began to pick up over the last two months. The company has been down in the doldrums ever since they replaced their CEO.
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be in the doldrums

1. To be depressed or in low spirits; to be lethargic, sluggish, or lacking energy. I've been down in the doldrums ever since my grandfather died last month. I haven't really felt like going out and seeing friends lately. I'm just down in the doldrums a bit, I suppose.
2. To be in a state of stagnation; to lack activity or progress. After being in the doldrums for the past several years, the economy finally began to pick up over the last two months. The company has been in the doldrums ever since they replaced their CEO.
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in the doldrums

1. Depressed or in low spirits; lethargic, sluggish, or lacking energy. I've been in the doldrums ever since my grandfather died last month. I haven't really felt like going out and seeing friends lately. I'm just down in the doldrums a bit, I suppose.
2. In a state of stagnation; lacking activity or progress. After being in the doldrums for the past several years, the economy finally began to pick up over the last two months. The company has been in the doldrums ever since they replaced their CEO.
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out of the doldrums

No longer in a state of stagnation or misfortune; increasing in activity, progress, or success. After being stuck in a recession for the past several years, the economy has finally begun coming out of the doldrums in recent months.
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*in the doldrums

Fig. sluggish; inactive; in low spirits. (*Typically: be ~; put someone [into] ~.) He's usually in the doldrums in the winter. I had some bad news yesterday, which put me into the doldrums.
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in the doldrums

Depressed; dull and listless. For example, Dean's in the doldrums for most of every winter. This expression alludes to the maritime doldrums, a belt of calms and light winds north of the equator in which sailing ships were often becalmed. [Early 1800s] Also see down in the dumps.
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in the doldrums

COMMON If a person, organization, economy, etc. is in the doldrums, they are not successful and are not making any progress. The restaurant business, like many other businesses, is in the doldrums. I was bored and my career was in the doldrums.
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out of the doldrums

If a person, organization, economy, etc. comes out of the doldrums, they improve and become more successful and active. Still, today's estimates provide hope the economy may finally be coming out of the doldrums. With her humour and upbeat spirit, Jane got me right out of the doldrums I'd been in for three years. Note: The above expressions relate to the Doldrums, which is an area of sea near the equator where there is often little or no wind. This meant that sailing ships could be stuck there for long periods. It is not clear whether sailors named the area after the expression, or whether the name for the area gave rise to the expression, although the first possibility is more likely.
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in the ˈdoldrums

quiet or depressed: Property sales have been in the doldrums for some time.He was in the doldrums for the whole winter.
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in the doldrums

Depressed, down in the dumps; stagnant, inactive. The word, whose origin is uncertain, began to be used in the early nineteenth century both for the maritime doldrums, a belt of calms and light winds north of the equator in which sailing ships often found themselves becalmed, and for a feeling of depression. Thus Frederick Marryat wrote, in Jacob Faithful (1835), “Come father, old Dictionary is in the doldrums; rouse him up.”
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Bernard Brown of KPMG, which helped with the study, added: "Although the jobs market has held up relatively well, it remains in the summer doldrums and, worryingly, there seem to be early signs of trends similar to those of 2008."
Since the crew have had their share of gales aboard the Jewel in this leg, it is only fair to expect some doldrums (long periods of no wind), which is exactly what they have experienced since May 26.
But I have brought back with me many fond memories--and to keep away the winter doldrums, I look at the drawings the children gave me, up on my studio walls.
1 : a spell of sadness <I tried to cheer her of her doldrums.>
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