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 for down in the mouth
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Mouth \Mouth\ (mouth), n.; pl. Mouths (mou[th]z). [OE. mouth,
     mu[thorn], AS. m[=u][eth]; akin to D. mond, OS. m[=u][eth],
     G. mund, Icel. mu[eth]r, munnr, Sw. mun, Dan. mund, Goth.
     mun[thorn]s, and possibly L. mentum chin; or cf. D. muil
     mouth, muzzle, G. maul, OHG. m[=u]la, Icel. m[=u]li, and Skr.
     mukha mouth.]
     1. The opening through which an animal receives food; the
        aperture between the jaws or between the lips; also, the
        cavity, containing the tongue and teeth, between the lips
        and the pharynx; the buccal cavity.
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     2. Hence: An opening affording entrance or exit; orifice;
        aperture; as:
        (a) The opening of a vessel by which it is filled or
            emptied, charged or discharged; as, the mouth of a jar
            or pitcher; the mouth of the lacteal vessels, etc.
        (b) The opening or entrance of any cavity, as a cave, pit,
            well, or den.
        (c) The opening of a piece of ordnance, through which it
            is discharged.
        (d) The opening through which the waters of a river or any
            stream are discharged.
        (e) The entrance into a harbor.
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     3. (Saddlery) The crosspiece of a bridle bit, which enters
        the mouth of an animal.
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     4. A principal speaker; one who utters the common opinion; a
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              Every coffeehouse has some particular statesman
              belonging to it, who is the mouth of the street
              where he lives.                       --Addison.
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     5. Cry; voice. [Obs.] --Dryden.
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     6. Speech; language; testimony.
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              That in the mouth of two or three witnesses every
              word may be established.              --Matt. xviii.
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     7. A wry face; a grimace; a mow.
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              Counterfeit sad looks,
              Make mouths upon me when I turn my back. --Shak.
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     Down at the mouth or Down in the mouth, chapfallen; of
        dejected countenance; depressed; discouraged. [Obs. or
     Mouth friend, one who professes friendship insincerely.
     Mouth glass, a small mirror for inspecting the mouth or
     Mouth honor, honor given in words, but not felt. --Shak.
     Mouth organ. (Mus.)
        (a) Pan's pipes. See Pandean.
        (b) An harmonicon.
     Mouth pipe, an organ pipe with a lip or plate to cut the
        escaping air and make a sound.
     To stop the mouth, to silence or be silent; to put to
        shame; to confound.
     To put one's foot in one's mouth, to say something which
        causes one embarrassment.
     To run off at the mouth, to speak excessively.
     To talk out of both sides of one's mouth, to say things
        which are contradictory.
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              The mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped.
                                                    --Ps. lxiii.
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              Whose mouths must be stopped.         --Titus i. 11.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Down \Down\, a.
     1. Downcast; as, a down look. [R.]
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     2. Downright; absolute; positive; as, a down denial. [Obs.]
        --Beau. & Fl.
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     3. Downward; going down; sloping; as, a down stroke; a down
        grade; a down train on a railway.
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     Down draught, a downward draft, as in a flue, chimney,
        shaft of a mine, etc.
     Down in the mouth, Down at the mouth chopfallen;
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  down in the mouth
      adj 1: filled with melancholy and despondency ; "gloomy at the
             thought of what he had to face"; "gloomy predictions"; "a
             gloomy silence"; "took a grim view of the economy"; "the
             darkening mood"; "lonely and blue in a strange city";
             "depressed by the loss of his job"; "a dispirited and
             resigned expression on her face"; "downcast after his
             defeat"; "feeling discouraged and downhearted" [syn:
             gloomy, grim, blue, depressed, dispirited,
             down(p), downcast, downhearted, down in the
             mouth, low, low-spirited]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  35 Moby Thesaurus words for "down in the mouth":
     bowed-down, cast down, dashed, dejected, depressed, despairing,
     despondent, desponding, discouraged, disheartened, dispirited,
     down, downcast, downhearted, drooping, droopy, feeling low,
     heartless, hypochondriac, hypochondriacal, in low spirits,
     in the depths, in the doldrums, in the dumps, languishing, low,
     low-spirited, pessimistic, pining, spiritless, subdued, suicidal,
     weary of life, woebegone, world-weary

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