a depressed state of mind (usually preceded by in the): to be in the dumps over money problems.
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How to use dumps in a sentence
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In the books, Cersei gets very down in the dumps, starts putting on weight, and hits the bottle hard.Game of Thrones’ Lena Headey on Cersei Lannister’s Future and That Controversial Rape Scene | Marlow Stern | June 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Local newspapers carried accounts of starving Negroes swarming over garbage dumps, even eating the clay from the river bluffs.Stanley Booth on the Life and Hard Times of Blues Genius Furry Lewis | Stanley Booth | June 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Governor of Louisiana Bobby Jindal dumps on Barack Obama right on the White House lawn.Up to a Point: P.J. O’Rourke on Ukraine, Craps & the Fed | P. J. O’Rourke | February 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Just when spirits are lowest, sometimes, we look to sky and see giant flock of dumps soaring together overhead.Sochi’s Impenetrable, Utterly Russian Opening Ceremony | Kelly Williams Brown | February 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
If she could laugh like that, he need not stay in the dumps.The Girl and The Bill | Bannister Merwin
If he couldn't get what he wanted at the Morrises', he went out and stole, or visited the dumps at the back of the town.Beautiful Joe | Marshall Saunders
dumps were made at frequent intervals along the front containing all the materials required for consolidation.The History of the 51st (Highland) Division 1914-1918 | Frederick William Bewsher
The men are splendid—their cheeriness comes up bubbling whenever the occasion calls for the dumps.Carry On | Coningsby Dawson
Again the atmosphere of dignified dumps and dingy sulkiness.The Haunts of Old Cockaigne | Alex Thompson
British Dictionary definitions for dumps
informal a state of melancholy or depression (esp in the phrase down in the dumps)
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Other Idioms and Phrases with dumps
see down in the dumps.
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