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English definition of “be dead in the water”

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be dead in the water

If something is dead in the water, it has failed and it seems impossible that it will be successful in the future: So how does a government revive an economy that is dead in the water?
Translations of “be dead in the water”
in Chinese (Traditional) 沉淪,一蹶不振…
in Chinese (Simplified) 沉沦,一蹶不振…
(Definition of be dead in the water from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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