down in the dumps

down in the dumps

– a gloomy
– unhappy
– sad
– in low spirits
– in melancholy mood
– in depressed state of mind
– lacking engagement or enthusiasm.

1. As the things were not going well for her at work, she was feeling a bit down in the dumps.
2. Little Jon is down in the dumps because all her friends are gone away with their parents
3. She’s a bit down in the dumps because she’s got to take her exams again.
4. Carl now always remains down in the dumps because of the diabetes.
5. My cat got fever today and she is not playing but feeling down in the dumps.
6. After losing the general election of president, Jack really felt down in the dumps.
7. When her husband left for America she was too down in the dumps.

This idiom is generally used with the felt for example: He felt down in the dumps.

To be ‘in the dumps’ was to be disconsolate and disheartened – what Sir Winston Churchill was later to call ‘black dog’. The first record we have of ‘down in the dumps’ is in Francis Grose’s priceless vocabulary The Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, 1785: Dumps. Down in the dumps; low-spirited, melancholy: jocularly said to be derived from Dumpos, a king of Egypt, who died of melancholy.

Related to

D 1 Comment

1 Comment

Author Tuan writes on 18th November 2014

That was great to use this idiom with full of understanding.!!!

Leave a Comment

Idiom of the Day

don’t give up the day job
don’t give up the day job Meaning: a usually humorous way of telling someone not to pursue something full time as he or she is not good at ... Read on



Like Facebook Page

Recent Comments

Keep in Touch

Copyrights © 2017 - - All Rights Reserved.