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be dead in the water

If something is dead in the ​water, it has ​failed and it ​seemsimpossible that it will be ​successful in the ​future: So how does a ​governmentrevive an ​economy that is dead in the ​water?
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Translations of “be dead in the water”
in Chinese (Simplified) 沉沦,一蹶不振…
in Chinese (Traditional) 沉淪,一蹶不振…
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