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    They were sombre, hollowed out

    Does " hollowed out" mean "as if being empty in their brain"?

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    e morning after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States, Barack Obama summoned staff members to the Oval Office. Some were fairly junior and had never been in the room before. They were sombre, hollowed out, some fighting tears, humiliated by the defeat, fearful of autocracy’s moving vans pulling up to the door. Although Obama and his people admit that the election results caught them completely by surprise—“We had no plan for this,” one told me—the President sought to be reassuring.

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    Re: They were sombre, hollowed out

    I would say it's more like they simply seemed completely empty - they had run out of energy, emotion; they were exhausted from the stress of the election and, more importantly, the shock of the result.
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