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sink into despair

To enter into a state of utter hopelessness, helplessness, and depression. I sank into despair when I was told I hadn't gotten the job. We can't sink into despair just because our sales figures weren't what we were hoping for—we've got to pick ourselves up and do what is necessary to get back on track!
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sink into despair

to become depressed; to become completely discouraged. After facing the hopelessness of the future, Jean Paul sank into despair. Mary sank into despair upon learning of the death of her grandmother.
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Jack Dromey MP, shadow Communities and Local Government minister, said: 'There are tens of thousands of beleaguered tenants who are sinking into despair because they can no longer live on meagre incomes slashed by the Bedroom Tax or they face being uprooted from their family home.
With flashbacks to him clearing out Penny's flat we see him sinking into despair, and resorting to drink and drugs to get him through.
Called out of sin into a place of reconciliation, believers are able to make a new start instead of remaining in their guilt, sinking into despair and hopelessness.
Instead of sinking into despair, she took on the challenge and now, a year later, she is two stone lighter and has teamed up with trainer Dee Thresher to release the DVD.
"They are more aggressive and some are sinking into despair. We've had diabetes patients who stop taking their medicine because they don't see any point in staying healthy."
I know of mothers sinking into despair, seeing their children deteriorating into a shell of their former selves, out on the streets, stealing and whatever else it takes to feed their 'habit" and even doing the job of rearing their own grandchildren.
I was able to appreciate that spirit, knowing that humor has long had its place in the range of protective tactics that prevent people in activist battles from sinking into despair or rage.
Whenever I found myself sinking into despair, I retraced my thinking.
Propped up in his rocking chair- his anchor, as he refers to it-and cared for by his wife and the housekeeper, Abraham attempts to avoid sinking into despair. Chronicling his sense of abandonment and exclusion, his reminiscences carry him away to his secret Wednesday afternoon rendezvous in Rennes with his young friend, the masculine Barbara, to their gradual estrangement, to her decision to have him sire her lover's child, and to her refusing him paternity rights.