down in the mouth

down in the mouth

  1. (idiomatic) Sad or discouraged, especially as indicated by one's facial appearance.
    • 1940, "[,9171,777413-2,00.html 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.
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