(to be) down in the mouth

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - down in the mouth

"(to be) down in the mouth"

to be sad;

to be depressed


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - down in the mouth

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  You're looking a little sad.

Friend 2:  The bank turned down my business loan application.

Friend 1:  Well, no sense being down in the mouth.  Fix up your application and go to another bank.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - down in the mouth

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Have you seen Jim lately?

Friend 2:  I saw him yesterday. He was looking down in the mouth. What happened?

Friend 1:  He lost his job.

Friend 2:  I'd be unhappy, too.

(to be) down in the mouth - Usage:


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(to be) down in the mouth - Gerund Form:

Being down in the mouth when you lose your job is only natural.

(to be) down in the mouth - Examples:

1)  ... buddy did me no favours and left me looking a little down in the mouth and in the bottom. So I ditched her. Now I have no BFF.

2)  To be down in the mouth means that someone's expression is sad; they are definitely not smiling.

3)  ... will not inflict our negativity on everyone else... when we feel down in the mouth, we put on a brave smile for the world and carry on doing our ...

4)  ... not bad, so why are you still looking a bit down in the mouth?

5)  ... as the cave-dwelling miscreant, Gollum. He looks just as down in the mouth as ever, doesn't he?

6)  Never ceases to amaze me how downbeat, downtrodden and down in the mouth people in this city can be..... lighten up, be proud and enjoy life ...

7)  When someone is down in the mouth, they look unhappy, discouraged or depressed.

8)  ... they look unhappy, discouraged or depressed. You look a bit down in the mouth. What's the matter?

9)  ... don't go to the doctor when they're feeling a bit down in the mouth.

10)  Q: How did Jonah feel after he got swallowed by a fish? A: Down in the mouth

11)  ... positive, enthusiastic will have a different result than if you are down in the mouth, negative and lack luster.

12)  ... continued to forage but just by observing them they appeared miserable and down in the mouth.

13)  Looking back, he says: "It shook us all really. We were all down in the mouth, we had no jobs to go to and the place was getting run down so bad.

14)  Guy in the show, brings such a realistic down-in-the mouth attitude to the character at this point that you’ll feel as if you could scrape him off the sidewalk.

15)  But it’s hard to buck years of tradition and I knew hubby and son would be down in the mouth without their roast turkey, turkey sandwiches and soup.

16)  Why is everyone so depressed? Everywhere I go and everyone I listen to is utterly down in the mouth about South Africa. 

17)  I left the office for home a little down in the mouth, though, after being told that part-timer sports clerks don't get bylines – but was astounded when next morning's newspaper arrived and did have my first professional credit.

18)  He describes feeling down in the mouth and looking in a mirror and perceiving himself as ugly, which is really fascinating.

19)  Tetchy and saddle-sore, and a little down in the mouth at being daughter-less again after dropping mine off at her mother’s cottage ...

20)  For all the pity party and the down-in-the mouth talk in the campaign, in truth there is not a stronger person on the planet.