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in the doldrums

Depressed; dull and listless. For example, Dean's in the doldrums for most of every winter. This expression alludes to the maritime doldrums, a belt of calms and light winds north of the equator in which sailing ships were often becalmed. [Early 1800s] Also see down in the dumps.

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in the cold light of day, in the course of, in the dark, in the dock, in the doghouse, in the doldrums, in the driver's seat, in the dumps, in the dust, leave someone, in the end, in the event of
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