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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Doldrums (The).
The name given to that region of the ocean near the equator noted for calms, squalls, and baffling winds, between the N.E. and S.E. tradewinds.
“But from the bluff-head, where I watched to-day,
I saw her in the doldrums.”
Byron: The Island, canto ii. stanza 21.
   In the doldrums. In the dumps.   2

 Dolce far Niente (Italian).Dole, 

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