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.
In fact religious affairs in Typee were at a very low ebb: all such matters sat very lightly upon the thoughtless inhabitants; and, in the celebration of many of their strange rites, they appeared merely to seek a sort of childish amusement.
"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.
Personnel of the border guarding forces have been traditionally exchanging sweets on religious and national festivals of the two countries, barring a few occasions when the diplomatic relations were at a low ebb. (ANI)
Higgins said: "My confidence was at a low ebb so this will compound it.
Treasury Action: yields remain at low ebb in the halo of the dovish Fed statement and dots yesterday, though the Philly Fed index rebounded smartly and jobless claims sank.
COMMENT IT IS hard to recall a point in recent history at which relations between racing professionals and the sport's administrators have been at such a low ebb.
At this low ebb, she receives a letter from Mabel Rogers (Pippa Haywood), whose partner has been murdered on a train.
KARACHI -- Market turned negative on Wednesday amid shrinking participation as investor sentiments were at low ebb. The KSE-100 index declined 126.39 points (0.31 per cent) to close at 40,909.91.
Relations between Ankara and Washington are at low ebb after the US imposed sanctions on Turkish ministers of justice and interior due to Turkey's failure to release American Pastor Andrew Brunson.
UK-Russian relations were at such a low ebb we were warned by the Foreign Office to reconsider travel plans.
With UK-Russian relations at such a low ebb we were warned by the Foreign Office to reconsider travel plans.