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the doldrumsnoun [plural]

uk   /ˈdɒl.drəmz/  us   /ˈdoʊl-/
in the doldrums informal unsuccessful or ​showing no ​activity or ​development: Her ​career was in the doldrums during those ​years. UK informal sad and with no ​energy or ​enthusiasm

the doldrums noun [plural] (SEA)

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