out of the doldrums

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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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.
See also: doldrums, of, out
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He has delivered some of the finest British comedy moments of the last decade and dragged the Beeb out of the doldrums after decades of unfunny sitcoms.
Techniques and strategies that anyone can use to lift themselves out of the doldrums abound in this invigorating and emotionally cleansing self-help guide.
DAMIEN Duff is ready to put a nightmare World Cup campaign behind him and get Ireland out of the doldrums.
SCOTT PARKER is convinced NEWCASTLE will get it right as they attempt to drag their season out of the doldrums.
Fans will never forget the Keegan-McDermott years on Tyneside, when they lifted the club out of the doldrums and turned it into one of the most exciting and popular teams not only in this country but also in Europe.
As a result he inspired a nation to collectively come out of the doldrums of despair and move forward in many productive ways."
Mr Beaver said: "Colonel Gaddafi realises he has got to get his country out of the doldrums into a situation where they are able to feed the people, get them sanitation," he said.
# SIR - During her visit to the Welsh Assembly, the Queen urged people to use their vote to lift election turn-outs out of the doldrums.
If research and development spending on new product development is supposed to help companies pull out of the doldrums, things aren't looking good.
However, industry experts predict that New York City - with its diverse business base -- will be able to come out of the doldrums sometime in the second half of 2003.
Peter Makin, who only had his first winner of the season on turf last week, maintained his climb out of the doldrums when Canterloupe took the sprint handicap, writes Geoff Lester.
Mintz believes that the only way the software industry can snap out of the doldrums is by firing everybody over the age of 30 or anyone who drinks tea, especially chai.
This thin fable about a once and future mariner who roams the seas in search of dry land is occasionally lifted out of the doldrums by some dazzling special effects and a maniacally evil villain (Dennis Hopper, of course).
Women's voices lifted rhythm and blues out of the doldrums last year, from TLC's blockbuster to promising debuts from Macy Gray and Melky Sedeck.
"With no real sign of the markets settling down, it could be several months before we are out of the doldrums," said Mr Neil Austin, head of new issues.
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