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In a gloomy or depressed mood: “After losing the student election, Jack really felt down in the dumps.”

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Slang definitions & phrases for down in the dumps

down in the dumps

adjective phrase

Depressed; melancholy; blue, down

[1785+; in text of 1529, in a dump means ''melancholy, dejected''; modern use probably influenced by US dump, ''rubbish heap,'' etymologically unrelated, which is attested from 1865]


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Idioms and Phrases with down in the dumps

down in the dumps

Also, down in the mouth. Discouraged, depressed, or sad, as in She's been down in the dumps ever since she lost the match, or What's wrong with him? He's so down in the mouth about everything. The noun dumps has been used for “a state of depression” since the early 1500s, and down in the mouth, alluding to the downturned corners of the mouth as a sign of misery, dates from the mid-1600s.
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