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in a rut Stuck in an established routine; mired in monotony; caught in a stultifying sameness. This figurative use of rut ‘deep furrow or track’ has been common since the mid-19th century.
On his return to civilized life, he will settle at once into the rut. (Sir John Skelton, Campaigner at Home, 1865)
Today the expression carries the contradictory connotations of comfort and discontent, with emphasis on the latter: movement in a fixed course is smooth and easy but deadening.
in the doldrums Inactive, stagnant, nonproductive; depressed, in low spirits, in the dumps, in a blue funk. Doldrum derives from dol, an obsolete form of dull, and is itself an obsolete slang term for a dullard. Thus, the doldrums refers to a condition of dullness, low spirits, or depression.
I am now in the doldrums; but when I get better, I will send you …. (Morning Herald, April 13, 1811)
The doldrums also often refers to the condition of a becalmed ship. By extension, not only ships, but the economy, politics, trade, etc., can be “in the doldrums.”
At the present moment the trade appears to be in the doldrums. (Sir T. Sutherland, Westminster Gazette, July 11, 1895)
According to the OED, confusion as to whether the doldrums referred to a condition or a location gave rise to its use as the name of that specific region of calm near the Equator where neutralizing trade winds often prevent ships from making progress.
|Noun||1.||stagnation - a state of inactivity (in business or art etc); "economic growth of less than 1% per year is considered to be economic stagnation"|
artistic creation, artistic production, art - the creation of beautiful or significant things; "art does not need to be innovative to be good"; "I was never any good at art"; "he said that architecture is the art of wasting space beautifully"
business enterprise, commercial enterprise, business - the activity of providing goods and services involving financial and commercial and industrial aspects; "computers are now widely used in business"
|2.||stagnation - inactivity of liquids; being stagnant; standing still; without current or circulation|