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down in the mouth



down in the mouth (comparative more down in the mouth, superlative most down in the mouth)

  1. (idiomatic) Sad or discouraged, especially as indicated by one's facial appearance.
    • 1839, Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist, ch. 16:
      "Is the old 'un here?" asked the robber. "Yes," replied the voice, "and precious down in the mouth he has been."
    • 1940, "Wait Awhile," Time, 15 Jul.:
      Said Chrysler's tough, dynamic boss, K. T. Keller: "Don't get down in the mouth about business in this country. There is going to be a lot of money spent here."
    • 2006, Howard Kurtz, "In Iraq, Journalist Richard Engel Sticks to the Story," Washington Post, 26 Oct. (retrieved 3 Nov. 2008):
      "He was down in the mouth and low on self-confidence," says his mother, Nina Engel.