in the dumps


a depressed state of mind (usually preceded by in the ): to be in the dumps over money problems.

1515–25; compare German dumpf dull, Middle Dutch domp haze Unabridged
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dumps (dʌmps)
pl n
informal a state of melancholy or depression (esp in the phrase down in the dumps)
[C16: probably from Middle Dutch domp haze, mist; see damp]

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Word Origin & History

"low spirits," 1523, possibly from Du. domp "haze, mist," from M.Du. damp "vapor" (see damp).
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in the dumps

see down in the dumps.

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