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 Dowling (Captain).Down in the Dumps. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Down.
 
He is quite down in the mouth. Out of spirits; disheartened. When persons are very sad and low-spirited, the corners of the mouth are drawn down. “Down in the jib” is a nautical phrase of the same meaning.   1
 


 Dowling (Captain).Down in the Dumps. 

 
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