Meaning of “the doldrums” in the English Dictionary

"the doldrums" in British English

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the doldrumsnoun [ plural ]

uk /ˈdɒl.drəmz/ us /ˈdoʊl.drəmz/

the doldrums noun [ plural ] (SEA)

old-fashioned an area of sea where ships are unable to move because there is no wind

(Definition of “the doldrums” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"doldrums" in American English

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doldrumsplural noun

us /ˈdoʊl·drəmz, ˈdɔl-, ˈdɑl-/

a state of lack of activity or lack of success:

Business leaders predict a hard year ahead with the economy in the doldrums.

(Definition of “doldrums” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"doldrums" in Business English

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doldrumsnoun [ plural ]

uk /ˈdɒldrəmz/ us informal

a situation in which there is high unemployment, very little economic activity or growth, etc.:

Changes began during Japan's doldrums when the government tried to revive growth by steadily deregulating sections of the economy.
NASDAQ is down sharply again and its European counterparts are still in the doldrums.
What will it take to lift the UK manufacturing industry out of the doldrums?

(Definition of “doldrums” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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