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Adjective

down in the mouth (comparative {{{1}}}, superlative {{{2}}})

Positive
down in the mouth

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  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.

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