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English definition of “the doldrums”

the doldrums

noun [plural]     /ˈdɒl.drəmz/ US  /ˈdoʊl-/
in the doldrums informal unsuccessful or showing no activity or development: Her career was in the doldrums during those years.Unsuccessful (people and things) UK informal sad and with no energy or enthusiasmFeeling sad and unhappy
(Definition of the doldrums noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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