down in the mouth
- (idiomatic) Sad or discouraged, especially as indicated by one's facial appearance.
1839, Charles Dickens, chapter 16, in Oliver Twist:
- "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.