One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
With one's lower jaw hanging due to extreme exhaustion or dejection.
despondent, downcast, downhearted, dejected, disconsolate, dispirited, crestfallen, cast down, depressed, disappointed, disheartened, discouraged, demoralized, desolate, heavy-hearted, in low spirits, low-spirited, sad, unhappy, glum, full of gloom, doleful, melancholy, miserable, woebegone, mournful, sorrowful, forlorn, long-faced, fed up, in the doldrums, subdued, wretched, lugubrious, eeyorish, morose, sepulchral, saturnine, dour, mirthless, woefulView synonyms
- ‘Some mocked the evacuation itself, as with one writer who ridiculed it as a ‘sudden and chop-fallen retreat’ that paled next to more ‘glorious feats of war.’’
- ‘Funeral pageantry is especially important in Hamlet ‘as a sign of human order rescued from the jaws of chap-fallen death itself’.’
- ‘Poor Kate was so chop-fallen, she looked like a convicted criminal, who would gladly have hid herself, to conceal her mortified pride and deep chagrin.’
- ‘‘Sorry I spoke,’ said Mr. Lathrope, rather chop-fallen at the way in which his suggestion had been taken.’
- ‘Several of these half-starved creatures had their heads thrust out over the low pound wall, as if to solicit the interference of passengers, while others, resigned to their fate, stood in drooping postures in the centre of the enclosure, quite chop-fallen.’
Late 16th century: from chap.
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