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doldrums (noun) (used as part of the phrase, 'be in doldrums') sadness or depression; lack of growth or improvement.
A person in doldrums is a person in troubles and in deep sorrow. When one is in very low spirits, they are in doldrums. A candidate who has fared badly in a test or in an interview, and does not expect to be selected, is in doldrums. That is, they are sad. A lack of growth or improvement is also to be in doldrums. An industry is in doldrums if it is not growing, if it is not profitable, and the market for the products is poor. A student's studies are in doldrums if they get very poor grades.
- Having lost the contract for the supply of spares for the car manufacturer, Jeremy is in doldrums as there is no market now for his products.
- The software industry, which was in doldrums until last year, is about to see brighter days again, with the demand looking up.