Can you guess the meaning of the idiom 'down in the dumps' by looking at the picture?
Down in the dumps: sad, unhappy, discouraged and/or depressed.
A dump is a large space of land where trash or garbage is disposed. If you were in a dump you probably wouldn't be very happy. Therefore, this idiom describes a person's sad, depressed and discouraged feelings.
— I've been down in the dumps since my cat died.
— Every winter I feel down in the dumps when it gets dark really early in the evening.
— She's been down in the dumps since her parents announced they are getting divorced.
— My diet was going so well until the holidays started. I feel so down in the dumps because I've already gained back ten of the pounds that I'd lost.
— When I lived in Geneva I felt down in the dumps a lot because it was often cloudy and rainy.
— Everyone felt down in the dumps after the long and bitter presidential election.
— After moving here I was really feeling down in the dumps until I met a few new friends at my gym.
— I bought my mother a big bouquet of flowers because I could see she was down in the dumps about something.
— My sister was down in the dumps for three months after her boyfriend was deployed to Iraq.
— We flew across the country for sunny weather but it's been raining the entire holiday and we all feel so down in the dumps we just want to go home.
— "Why are you down in the dumps?" "I failed my chemistry exam and my parents are going to kill me!"
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