down in the dumps

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down in the dumps (comparative more down in the dumps, superlative most down in the dumps)

  1. (idiomatic) Sad; lacking engagement or enthusiasm.
    • 1886, Edward Payson Roe, chapter 2, in He Fell In Love With His Wife:
      "You've got down in the dumps and can't see what's sensible and to your own advantage."
    • 2009, Brian McVicar, "Some in Mich. turn to ice fishing as economy dives,", 2 Feb. (retrieved 3 Feb 2009):
      "Being out of work sometimes makes you feel down in the dumps and being out here with my buddies helps."