To be in the doldrums
doldrums dol"drums (d[o^]l"dr[u^]mz), n. pl. [Cf. Gael. doltrum grief, vexation?] A part of the ocean near the equator, abounding in calms, squalls, and light, baffling winds, which sometimes prevent all progress for weeks; -- so called by sailors. [1913 Webster]

{To be in the doldrums}, to be in a state of listlessness ennui, or tedium. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • be in the doldrums — 1. if a business, an economy or a person s job is in the doldrums, it is not very successful and nothing new is happening in it. High street spending remains in the doldrums and retailers do not expect an imminent recovery. 2. to feel sad and to… …   New idioms dictionary

  • In The Penalty Box — When a company s stock price is in the doldrums and has yet to rebound because of poor earnings, government regulation or another reason. Sometimes you ll hear an analyst say they are going to be in the penalty box for some time to come. This… …   Investment dictionary

  • out of the doldrums — be in the doldrums if a business, an economy or a person s job is in the doldrums, it is not very successful and nothing new is happening in it. A cut in interest rates will be needed to lift the property market out of the doldrums …   New idioms dictionary

  • Modern liberalism in the United States — This article discusses liberalism as that term is used in the United States in the 20th and 21st centuries. For the history and development of American liberalism, see Liberalism in the United States. For the origin and worldwide use of the term… …   Wikipedia

  • Animation in the United States in the television era — From the big screen to the small screen Cartoons were never just for children. Cartoons in the Golden Age, such as Red Hot Riding Hood , contained topical and often suggestive humor, though they were seen primarily as children s entertainment by… …   Wikipedia

  • Cities in the Great Depression — Throughout the industrial world, cities in the Great Depression were hit hard, beginning in 1929 and lasting through most of the 1930s. Worst hit were ports (as world trade fell) and cities dependent on heavy industry, such as steel and… …   Wikipedia

  • doldrums — dol drums (d[o^]l dr[u^]mz), n. pl. [Cf. Gael. doltrum grief, vexation?] A part of the ocean near the equator, abounding in calms, squalls, and light, baffling winds, which sometimes prevent all progress for weeks; so called by sailors. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • doldrums — noun 1 be in the doldrums informal a) to be feeling sad: Fay s really in the doldrums today. b) to not be growing or improving: The car industry has been in the doldrums for several years. 2 the doldrums an area in the ocean just north of the… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • The Departed — Theatrical release poster Directed by Martin Scorsese Produced by …   Wikipedia

  • The Phantom Tollbooth — This article is about the novel. For the 1970 film adaptation, see The Phantom Tollbooth (film). For the band, see Phantom Tollbooth (band). The Phantom Tollbooth   …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”