doldrums dol‧drums [ˈdɒldrəmz ǁ ˈdoʊl-, ˈdɑːl-, ˈdɒːl-] noun [plural] informal
if an industry or market is in the doldrums, there is very little increase in prices or very little trade taking place:

• The mortgage market has been in the doldrums for three years but now business is picking up.

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doldrums UK US /ˈdɒldrəmz/ noun [plural] INFORMAL
a situation in which there is high unemployment, very little economic activity or growth, etc.: »

Changes began during Japan's doldrums when the government tried to revive growth by steadily deregulating sections of the economy.


NASDAQ is down sharply again and its European counterparts are still in the doldrums.


economic/financial doldrums


What will it take to lift the UK manufacturing industry out of the doldrums?

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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