gloomy Gus

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gloomy Gus (plural gloomy Guses)

  1. (informal) A person with a sullen, unhappy appearance or demeanor; a person with a pessimistic outlook.
    • 1951 March 5, “Gloomy Gus to the Contrary”, in Time:
      Even the pace-setting auto industry will not be as hard hit as many a Gloomy Gus had predicted.
    • 1990, “Nixon”, in PBS[1]:
      Duke Law School was Nixon's next training ground in persistence, success and frustration. His classmates called him "Gloomy Gus." He lived frugally, studied endlessly and never walked away from a classroom confrontation.

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