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downbeat

Glum or pessimistic. Michael used to be a cheery kid, but he been pretty downbeat lately.
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downbeat

mod. cool; easygoing. (Compare this with upbeat.) He is sort of a downbeat character—no stress.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Obvious examples are compound words that can be broken down into their component parts, such as ex-port, down-beat, fore-court, hand-cuffs.
This down-beat reallife airline hostage drama is a sombre look at Operation Thunderbolt, the 1976 Israeli armed forces' attempt to rescue a plane-load of civilians held at Uganda's Entebbe airport.
Clinton then highlighted what she called Trump's down-beat message.
His practical and down-beat style will give the impression of a totally new Israel after three terms of the bombastic and self-centred Netanyahu.
But, as the connections between the syllables and the notes are not always exactly indicated in the written music, in order to correct the errors which are encountered, one will have recourse to the fundamental principle that we formulate thus: have the common accent of the line fall on the down-beat of the second, third or fourth bar, according to the length of the phrase or member of the phrase relative to the verse.
A good scholar, his young adult years see him becoming less a "melancholic Austrian" and more of an "alcoholic and doped-up urban gorilla." But don't think for a moment that the book is down-beat. Though certainly poignant, the author displays much of the humor for which he is as well-known as he is for his wonderful writing.
In a rather down-beat double-bill, take cheer from the fact that Sally and Tim have got engaged by accident and couldn't be less thrilled about it.
"40Kong delivers a soundtrack to suit every mood - bringing you transformational down-beat tracks for the ultimate sunset backdrop, followed by funk, disco and deep house matched to the natural rhythm of late night drinks, building to dance and dance punk to move your body into the small hours of the morning," it said.
Pienaar's controversial dismissal by referee John Moss means the South African - who appeared to barely make contact with Jose Bosingwa - will miss next Sunday's Merseyside derby, but USA goalkeeper Howard insisted the point in West London will not leave Everton too down-beat ahead of the clash with Liverpool - particularly with Jagielka in such defiant form.
Roberto Di Matteo's rather down-beat message will be ignored by West Bromwich Albion fans as they prepare for this Saturday's clash at Doncaster.
Despite the pic's seeming down-beat theme of a widower dealing with loss, Regent chairman Stephen Jarchow believes "Departures" can match the "Gods and Monsters" gross of $6.5 million, which would make the pic an arthouse hit in the current climate.
The actress has returned to the resort 50 years since her last visit, and her down-beat opinion features in the BBC's Inside Out, North East and Cumbria on Wednesday.
But Dog Years have concocted a sound all of their own which nestles snugly somewhere between indie brilliance and down-beat baroque.
But the report is not down-beat about the Liverpool city centre market, and predicts next year's Capital of Culture celebrations will have a positive effect.
And Dawkins stressed, not for the first time, that the message of his book should never have been regarded as down-beat or depressing, since our species is the first to have acquired the power to rebel against the less civilised dictates of the selfish gene.