In the doldrums

What does "In the doldrums" mean?

Today it means: Feeling bad, fed up, listless, things are not going well.

In nautical terms its similar to "dead in the water". The doldrums is an area of sea where there is usually no wind and the ship cannot sail. It later became a term used whenever the wind dropped to zero and a ship couldn't sail where ever it was in the world. Sailors had little to do in these conditions so soon became frustrated and fed up and were said to be "in the doldrums".


By SailingQuiz September 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              

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