the doldrums - definition and synonyms

noun [plural] 

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/ˈdɒldrəmz/

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/ˈdəʊldrəmz/
  1. a situation in which there is a lack of success, activity, or improvement

    He’s just the player the team needs to lift it out of the doldrums.

    in the doldrums:

    After years in the doldrums, the market is finally picking up.