[doun-uh nd-out, -uh n]
- without any money, or means of support, or prospects; destitute; penniless.
- without physical strength or stamina; disabled; incapacitated.
- too physically weakened by repeated defeats to qualify as a competent professional boxer.
- Also down-and-out·er. a person who is down-and-out.
Origin of down-and-out
An Americanism dating back to 1885–90
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Examples from the Web for down-and-outer
Keep a civil tongue in your head, you down-and-outer, or I'll throw you out!The Land of Strong Men
Arthur M. Chisholm
- without any means of livelihood; impoverished and, often, socially outcast
- a person who is destitute and, often, homeless; a social outcast or derelict
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