Today's Callan

Feel down in the dumps

be feeling very depressed and miserable

be down in the dumps
Be feeling down in the dumps

Feel down in the mouth
Feel low
Feel unhappy

Over the last few weeks I’ve been feeling rather down in the dumps.

What do you do when you feel down in the dumps?

I’ve been feeling down in the dumps ever since I lost my job.

What’s wrong with Mandy? She’s been looking a bit down in the mouth all day.

Conversation 1
A: What are you doing this weekend?
B: I’m going to see Jane, she just broke up with her boyfriend.
A: That’s a pity, how is she?
B: She’s a bitdown in the dumps, so I’m going to try and cheer her up.

Conversation 2
A: Are you all right?
B: Yeah, nothing’s wrong, I just feel a little down.
A: Really, why?
B: I don’t really know, I think I must be missing home. I’m sure I’ll be ok.

Conversation 3
A: How was your date with Kate?
B: Oh it was awful, everything went wrong, now she doesn’t want to speak to me again.
A: I’m really sorry for you, I know you really liked her.
B: Yeah, I don’t really know what to do next.
A: Well don’t let it get you down, there’s plenty more fish in the sea.

Conversation with a synonym
A: Hi there, you lookdown in the mouth, what’s the matter?
B: I just got fired from my job and I don’t know what I’m going to do about money.
A: Well if I were you I wouldn’t sit around feeling down, I’d get out and find myself a new job!

(callan book stage 7, 635p)

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