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Business is in the doldrums, but we think it will pick up in the Spring.
  a state of listlessness or inactivity


a belt of calm seas and light winds near the equator
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  • Business is in the doldrums, but we think it will pick up in the Spring.
  • A hobby a day keeps the doldrums away.
    Phyllis Mcginley
  • The team’s doldrums were not over; they lost their fifth consecutive game.
  • The day the Mariposa entered the doldrums, Martin was more miserable than ever.
    London, Jack  --  Martin Eden

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  • This is as dull as the doldrums.
    Stevenson, Robert Louis  --  Treasure Island
  • Thomas wanted to stand up and cheer, sure that Alby would finally snap out of his doldrums.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • He was sinking farther into the doldrums with every second.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • Another event which took place during the July doldrums gave me much to think about.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • "WHAT ARE THE DOLDRUMS?" he cried loudly, and tried very hard to see who would answer this time.
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • Like the ancient mariner, Louie and Phil had found the doldrums, the eerie pause of wind and water that lingers around the equator.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken

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  • Leah A FTER THREE WEEKS of the doldrums I made Ruth May get out of bed.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • This is as dull as the doldrums.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • To this I quickly answered: ’Let me tell you, goddess, whatever goddess you may be, these doldrums are no will of mine.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • However, as a matter of fact though, the preposterous surmise about him being in some description of a doldrums or other or mesmerised which was entirely due to a misconception of the shallowest character, was not the case at all.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • The traffic had diminished considerably, the rush hour over, the street in the doldrums of midmorning quiescence.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • On previous days we had waited for the doldrums in the middle of the day when the isle was still in the water, the sea a glazed mirror.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • But now, unless he were so fortunate as to be nominated and subsequently elected to this county judgeship, defeat and political doldrums loomed ahead.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • Another couple of days, we’ll be out of the sweeps and into the June doldrums.
    J.D. Robb  --  Glory in Death
  • You’ve been pampered with thrills, and if you don’t get a first-class kick every day, you sulk and fret about in the doldrums.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • She was like a sailor caught in the doldrums, waiting with increasing desperation for the faintest hint of a breeze to fill the sails and let the journey continue.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • EAGER FOR A BREAK from the doldrums of summer in London, with Parliament in recess and "everyone fled from the city," the Adamses decided to see some of the English countryside.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • I understood quite a good deal of First Principles, but his Biology took the wind out of my sails, and his Psychology left me butting around in the doldrums for many a day.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • The Doldrums, my young friend, are where nothing ever happens and nothing ever changes.
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • "No one’s allowed to think in the Doldrums." continued a third, beginning to doze off.
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • "Why are you in the Doldrums anyway—don’t you have anywhere to go?"
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • In a kw moments they were out of the Doldrums and back on the main highway.
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • Milo was so relieved at having escaped the Doldrums that he assured the dog that he bore him no ill will and, in fact, was very grateful for the assistance.
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • It’s local ordinance 574381-W" Opening the book again, Milo found Ordinance 574381-W "In the Doldrums, laughter is frowned upon and smiling is permitted only on alternate Thursdays.
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • The sound of it filled Mark up and washed away the doldrums.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • Joyful and grateful in the midst of slow dying, the two men bathed in that day until sunset brought it, and their time in the doldrums, to an end.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • 5:3894" Milo quickly pulled the rule book from his pocket. opened to the page, and read, "Ordinance 1753894 It shall be unlawful, illegal, and unethical to think, think of thinking, surmise, presume, reason, meditate, or speculate while in the Doldrums.
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • He remembered the day when he and Phil, slowly dying on the raft, had slid into the doldrums.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • It was as if "all this" could come to no good end, as if the end was surely a catastrophe, a rebellion of patient nature, a thunderstorm and a great cleansing wind that would break the spell cast over the world, wrench life from its "dead standstill," and overturn the "doldrums" in a terrible Last Judgment.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • People who don’t pay attention often get stuck in the Doldrums."
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
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