That comes a few hours after the jobs report from Friday morning, one of the bleakest yet.
But it is precisely when conditions are bleakest that people on both sides require a positive vision for the future.
“Justice-without-mercy must easily be the bleakest, coldest, combination of words in the language,” Salinger writes.
The nonprofit Samasource farms out manual data-entry work to refugees in the bleakest war-torn areas on earth.
And working in politics at the bleakest moment is better than any other career that certainly was available to me.
T is your own mother you take after; you might put her down in the bleakest spot of Ireland, and 't is a garden she 'd make it.
A gray dawn was breaking, and this is the coldest and bleakest hour of the day.
And somewhere lost in the maze of his thoughts was the grimmest, bleakest reality of them all: Lucy was dead.
It was near the setting of the sun on one of the bleakest and coldest days of the year.
With good reason, too, for it was the dreariest, bleakest place in winter you can imagine.
c.1300, "pale," from Old Norse bleikr "pale, whitish, blond," from Proto-Germanic *blaika- "shining, white," from PIE root *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, burn" (see bleach (v.)). Later "bare, windswept" (1530s). Sense of "cheerless" is c.1719 figurative extension. The same Germanic root produced Old English blac "pale," but this died out, probably from confusion with blæc "black;" however bleak persisted, with a sense of "bare" as well as "pale."