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    Smile a bit down in the dumps

    Dad was looking a bit down in the dumps today.
    "So ... magic tricks, eh?" said Dad, trying hard to smile back at me. "I could do with seeing a few magic tricks to cheer me up!"

    Does the words in green mean upset or sad or unhappy?

    Second, is do with equal to deal with or be happy with? THANKS.

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    Re: a bit down in the dumps

    The phrase down in the dumps means sad, or mildly depressed. To do with is to entertain the idea of something. (Your interpretation is pretty good.)

    Say:
    Do the words...?
    ~R


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    Smile Re: a bit down in the dumps

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    The phrase down in the dumps means sad, or mildly depressed. To do with is to entertain the idea of something. (Your interpretation is pretty good.)


    Say:
    Do the words...?
    ~R
    Thanks, Ronbee, for the confirmation.

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