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be down in the dumps

To be visibly sad or depressed. Molly's been moping around all week, and I have no idea why she's so down in the dumps. Rob has been down in the dumps ever since Gloria broke up with him.
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down in the dumps

Sad or depressed. Molly's been moping around all week, and I have no idea why she's so down in the dumps. Rob has been down in the dumps ever since Gloria broke up with him.
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dump a/(one's) load

1. slang To vomit. When I had the flu, I spent most of the time dumping my load and couldn't eat for days.
2. slang To defecate. I wouldn't mind the neighbor's dog getting into my yard if it didn't always dump a load on my lawn!
See also: dump, load

dump on (someone or something)

1. Literally, to snow on someone or something. Ugh, another storm system is expected to dump on us this weekend.
2. To inform someone of one's problems or woes. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "dump" and "on." I'm sorry I just dumped it on you like that, but I had to tell someone about my mom's illness.
3. To unexpectedly and unreasonably delegate something to someone. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "dump" and "on." Can you believe the boss dumped all this work on me the day before my vacation?
4. To dispose of something somewhere. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "dump" and "on." You can't just dump all your old furniture on the sidewalk and expect the trash men to take it.
5. To criticize one harshly and undeservedly, often due to frustration. I know you're stressed about the wedding, but can you please stop dumping on me? I didn't intentionally bring the wrong box of place cards!
See also: dump, on

down in the dumps

Also, down in the mouth. Discouraged, depressed, or sad, as in She's been down in the dumps ever since she lost the match, or What's wrong with him? He's so down in the mouth about everything. The noun dumps has been used for "a state of depression" since the early 1500s, and down in the mouth, alluding to the downturned corners of the mouth as a sign of misery, dates from the mid-1600s.
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down in the dumps

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in the dumps

1. If you are down in the dumps or in the dumps, you feel depressed. Try to be sources of support for each other when one of you is feeling down in the dumps. I was in the dumps when I met Jayne. I was clearly not living the kind of life I should live.
2. If a business or economy is in the dumps or down in the dumps, it is doing badly. California's economy is unlikely to stay in the dumps for more than two years.
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down in the dumps

(of a person) depressed or unhappy. informal
In early 16th-century English dump had the meaning ‘a fit of depression’, a sense now surviving only in this expression.
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down in the ˈdumps

(informal) depressed; miserable: I’ve been feeling a bit down in the dumps since I lost my job. OPPOSITE: on top of the world
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A complete (or full) memory dump is the largest dump file because it includes all of the physical memory that is used by the Windows OS.
One has to drive through a string of villages on the fringe of the Akkar plain near Nahr al-Kabir River to reach the Srar dump, which is located on a remote land, about 1 kilometer from residential areas.
Another common dump is full of tear-shaped bubbles - easier to make and, to my eyes, less attractive than the flowers.
The trailer follows similar design principles to the large Cat rear dumps, using low alloy steel castings in high stress areas to give strength without weight penalty.
Superfund cleanups have progressed at only a slightly faster pace: since 1980, the EPA has finished with 13 dumps.
The last thing the city or the county should be doing is trying to make life easy for this vestige of last century's trash policies, a dump next door to where people live.
Of course, the most noncompliant countries are typically poor and vulnerable not only to illegal waste dumps but also to highly toxic waste delivered for the purpose of "recycling.
The scientists decided to examine this colony because of its proximity to three refuse dumps.
5 million Bridgestone/Firestone tires, and further recalls anticipated, environmental and health concerns have been raised about the tires reaching tire dumps.
Owner Browning Ferris Industries says that in creating one of the largest dumps in the nation, it could run the landfill more efficiently, with one set of equipment, one daily disposal area and one code of rules governing operations.
Massachusetts dumps an estimated 75,000 tons of electronics equipment each year.
Last summer, a joint Russian-Norwegian research team visited the Barents and Kara seas to collect water samples around the area of the then-rumored dumps.
Send the remaining trash to dumps out in the desert or in places such as Avenal that want the business and the jobs.
Dumps don't belong near houses, schools or any other place where people congregate and spend a lot of time.
BFI is seeking a new land-use permit to combine two separate dumps - one in county jurisdiction and one in city jurisdiction - into one massive landfill.