(to be) in the doldrums

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - in the doldrums

"(to be) in the doldrums"

 to be lacking activity or progress


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - in the doldrums

"(to be) in the doldrums"

to be depressed;

to be dull and listless


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - in the doldrums

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Sales have been slow and flat for three quarters in a row. We need to do something to boost sales.

Colleague 2:  So, what do we do when sales are in the doldrums?

Colleague 1:  Perhaps an aggressive marketing campaign would increase sales.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - in the doldrums

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I'm worried about Arthur. He's been in the doldrums since his wife left him.

Friend 2:  He has been rather depressed hasn't he?

Friend 1:  What can we do to improve his mood?

Friend 2:  Let's plan a weekend adventure. Arthur needs to get out of his apartment and have some fun and be distracted from his troubles.

(to be) in the doldrums - Usage:


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(to be) in the doldrums - Gerund Form:

Being in the doldrums, sales were sluggish.

Being in the doldrums, he stayed in his pajamas all day.

(to be) in the doldrums - Examples:

1)  For years, the uranium market had been in the doldrums, as some thought nuclear power was just too dangerous or uncertain.

2)  The Brick's stock has been in the doldrums since 2009 when it sunk to C$1, battered by the recession, credit crunch ...

3)  Europe is in the doldrums and needs some good economic news.

4)  The labour market has been in the doldrums since well before the problems in the Eurozone kicked off.

5)  With economic activity in the doldrums, there's unfortunately also little hope for the unemployed.

6)  France's economy is in the doldrums, with still poor growth prospects and weak export development.

7)  We're in the doldrums at the moment, there isn't as much interest as there used to be.

8)  Still, even in the doldrums of alcohol addiction and poverty, Ray possessed an extraordinary work ethic. 

9)  It starts slow in the doldrums, and it begins to pick up speed.

10)  Five of my precious samples were ruined today. I am currently deep in the doldrums.

11)  This year, he was in the doldrums, frustrated with his current life, but not yet able to see ...

12)  ... because no-one wants to take on more workers while the economy is still in the doldrums.

13)  I was feeling rather in the doldrums this morning, but I perked up ...

14)  After years in the doldrums, apprenticeship schemes are becoming more popular as companies push them harder.

15)  The property market is forecast to remain stuck in the doldrums with another house prices dip in June leaving house prices declining at the swiftest annual ...

16)  After years in the doldrums, wool is on the up again, driven largely by demand from China.

17)  ... please don't let me dissuade you, but the archaeological profession is in the doldrums right now and I'd be surprised if it picked up to any notable extent ...

18)  ... managed that transformation. When I arrived there of course Poland was really in the doldrums and just after the first year it really started picking up and recovering.

19)  The US economy is in the doldrums. Unemployment is more than 9% and continues to rise, growth is anaemic at ...

20)  I suspect that with the US economy still in the doldrums, many Americans want to blame someone, anyone for their problems.