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    tepid growth / weeds of downturn

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to explain to me in plain English the meaning of the expression in bold which caught my attention by reading the NYT’s article “More Arrows Seen Pointing to a Recession?”

    “Economists construed the tepid growth in the second quarter, combined with a surge in claims for unemployment benefits, as a clear indication that the economy remains mired in the weeds of a downturn. Many said the data increased the likelihood that a recession began late last year. “

    I know the common meanings of the word “timid” namely “tepid” = moderately warm as in “tepid bath water”; feeling or showing little interest or enthusiasm; half-hearted; lukenwarm; neither hot nor cold. I understand also the point in a general way but I stand in need of further information.

    Thank you for your efforts.



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    Re: tepid growth / weeds of downturn

    tepid growth - slow growth with no great highs or lows.

    mired in the weeds of a downturn - mixed metaphor meaning that the effects of the downturn in economics is slowing down the speed of recovery or advance or recovery.

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