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dumps

[ duhmps ]
/ dʌmps /
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noun
a depressed state of mind (usually preceded by in the): to be in the dumps over money problems.
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Origin of dumps

1515–25; compare German dumpf dull, Middle Dutch domp haze
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British Dictionary definitions for dumps

dumps
/ (dʌmps) /

pl n
informal a state of melancholy or depression (esp in the phrase down in the dumps)

Word Origin for dumps

C16: probably from Middle Dutch domp haze, mist; see damp
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Other Idioms and Phrases with dumps

dumps

see down in the dumps.

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