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Idiom
down in the dumps
down in the mouth
 
 
Meaning
very unhappy or miserable
 
 
Usage
Ever since he lost his job, he has been down in the dumps.
 
 
Story
Down in the mouth alludes to the down turned corners of the mouth as a sign of misery.
 
 
Story
The expression down in the dumps uses the term dumps to indicate a state of depression, a usage which has been around for a very long time.
 
 
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