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Periods of loss or lack of success - thesaurus

Synonyms

failure

noun

a sudden loss of a particular quality or ability, especially in a difficult situation

wilderness

noun

a period of time when you are not as successful as you were previously

eclipse

noun

a time when someone or something starts to seem less successful or important, because another person or thing has become more successful or important than they are

lull

noun

a situation in which there is not enough success or activity

fallow

adjective

a fallow period is a time when not much happens or is achieved

slump

noun

a period when a player, team, etc. is much less successful than before

trough

noun

a period when something that rises and falls regularly is at a low level, especially economic activity

off day

noun

informal a day when you do not work or perform as well as you normally do

the slow lane

noun

a situation in which you are not making progress as quickly as other people

bad hair day

noun

informal a difficult day when nothing seems to go well for you

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tailspin

noun

informal an occasion when something or someone suddenly gets into a very bad state

write-off

noun

a period of time when you fail to achieve anything

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hygge

a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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sofar

a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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