Down in the Dumps Idiom

Down in the dumps (idiom)

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.

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