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    Default idioms describing the state of depression

    Hi,

    I've found some idioms describing the state of depression:

    1) "To be in the doldrums" = "To be (down) in the dumps" = "To be down in the mouth" – feeling sad and lacking the energy to do anything, filled with melancholy and despondency.

    2) "To be sick as a pig" = "To be crestfallen" - dejected, depressed, or disheartened.

    IMHO the idiom "To be crestfallen" is used only in literature
    (Tom's cheeks burned. He gathered himself up and sneaked off, crushed and crestfallen (Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, 1876);
    Hall and Henfrey, rather crestfallen, tiptoed back to the bar (H. G. Wells, The Invisible Man, 1897)).

    Do you use/ know these or other idioms with the same sense?

    Many Thanks for all your replies!

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    Default Re: idioms describing the state of depression

    to be bummed out

    to be blue/to have the blues (Don't know if many people use it but you can hear it often in songs)

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    Default Re: idioms describing the state of depression

    Related to depression

    to be in a rut
    to be in a funk
    (making no progress, feeling stuck, unmotivated, bummed out)

    He's been in a rut since February.

    I usually use rut or bummed out.

    Not a teacher.

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    Default Re: idioms describing the state of depression

    to be down
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    feeling down

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    Default Re: idioms describing the state of depression

    Quote Originally Posted by SanMar View Post
    to be in a rut
    to be in a funk
    (making no progress, feeling stuck, unmotivated, bummed out)
    In BrE, in a funk suggests that someone is scared, often unable to act because of fear.

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    Default Re: idioms describing the state of depression

    What about simply saying: I feel lousy today.

    Many of my private students enjoy learning about and using the word "lousy".

    Technically or strictly it doesn't mean "depressed" but it implies that the person is not feeling at his/her best.

    i.e. Ralph: Bob, what's wrong? You look different today.
    Bob: I just feel lousy today.

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    Default Re: idioms describing the state of depression

    thanks a lot

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