out of spirits

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out of spirits

  1. Feeling discouraged or melancholy.
    • 1872, Charles Darwin, ‎Francis Darwin, The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals
      A party of natives in Tierra del Fuego endeavoured to explain to us that their friend, the captain of a sealing vessel, was out of spirits, by pulling down their cheeks with both hands, so as to make their faces as long as possible.