low ebb

low ebb

A state of decline. The economy is at a low ebb with no hope of recovery in the near future.
See also: ebb, low

(at) a low ˈebb

not as good, strong, successful, etc. as usual: Business confidence is at a low ebb at the moment.Our family fortunes are at a bit of a low ebb. OPPOSITE: (on) the crest of a wave
This idiom refers to a very low tide, when the sea is a long way from the land.
See also: ebb, low
References in classic literature ?
His fortune was then at a very low ebb, the source being stopt from which hitherto he had been supplied.
Medical knowledge is at a low ebb among us," said Mr.
We're the only three Christians in the county, my love"--in which case, it must be confessed, that religion was at a very low ebb in the county of Hants.
By little and little it came out, that, in the competition on all points of appearance and gentility then running high in the Commons, he had spent more than his professional income, which was not a very large one, and had reduced his private means, if they ever had been great(which was exceedingly doubtful), to a very low ebb indeed.
These little events, coming one after the other, left me very jangled in my nerves, and I could see from my companion's petulant manner that his own patience had got to a low ebb.
Treasury Action: yields remained at low ebb following the FOMC minutes, which both signaled a "likely warranted" rate hike "near-term" in December if the economy remains on track, but also had a vigorous debate on inflation sluggishness.
Higgins faces Zhou Yuelong for a place in the last 16 today but is at a low ebb after his disappointing 6-0 whitewash to O'Sullivan in last week's Champion of Champions clash.
Those of us who are outside the country take absolutely no pleasure in the low ebb to which Britain has sunk.
With Ste at a low ebb, Harry throws him a lifeline by booking their wedding, while Kim and Farrah's snog leads to Misbah begging Kim to break up with her daughter.
The exports are unmoved and since long have been low ebb.
Saad said by following Imran Khan, PPP Chairman Bilawal Zardari would rather drive his party to the low ebb.
I spent a month on loan at Brighton when my career was at a low ebb eight years ago, and I'll never forget turning up at the Withdean athletics stadium for my first game.
Summary: The private sector's economy remained at a low ebb in November, as revealed by the economic indicator BLOM PMI, which registered its lowest reading since August 2014.
The Wildcats are at a fairly low ebb right now and turning them around is going to be no easy task.
Unfortunately, we are at such a low ebb right now that I can't see them doing it.