A pair of down-at-heel slippers—dear to the country printer—completed his negligee.
She looked complacently down at her stubby little feet in their down-at-heel beaded slippers.
What a tousled-haired, down-at-heel, out-at-elbows Clerkenwell exile!
Her bedroom slippers were still so new and pretty that it was impossible to picture them down-at-heel.
There were two or three buckeens in the hall, and Darby and one of the down-at-heel serving-boys were laying the evening meal.
He was a dandy—fop—macaroni—toff—whatever you choose, too; in a tarnished and down-at-heel way.
Most of these haciendas, at any rate those deep in the country, have a very shabby and down-at-heel appearance.
The train was running over the malarial-looking sea-plain—past the down-at-heel palm trees, past the mosque-looking buildings.
But you do want that less obtrusive variety which prevents them from appearing unkempt, "down-at-heel" etc.
At that moment entered Félicien Garbure, a down-at-heel elderly man, who had been wont to sit at Paragot's table.
"back of the foot," Old English hela, from Proto-Germanic *hanhilon (cf. Old Norse hæll, Old Frisian hel, Dutch hiel), from PIE *kenk- (3) "heel, bend of the knee" (cf. Old English hoh "hock").
Meaning "back of a shoe or boot" is c.1400. Down at heels (1732) refers to heels of boots or shoes worn down and the owner too poor to replace them. For Achilles' heel "only vulnerable spot" see Achilles. To "fight with (one's) heels" (fighten with heles) in Middle English meant "to run away."
"contemptible person," 1914 in U.S. underworld slang, originally "incompetent or worthless criminal," perhaps from a sense of "person in the lowest position" and thus from heel (n.1).
"to lean to one side," in reference to a ship, Old English hieldan "incline, lean, slope," from Proto-Germanic *helthijanan (cf. Middle Dutch helden "to lean," Dutch hellen, Old Norse hallr "inclined," Old High German halda, German halde "slope, declivity"). Re-spelled 16c. from Middle English hield, probably by misinterpretation of -d as a past tense suffix.
The rounded posterior portion of the foot under and behind the ankle.
A similar anatomical part, such as the rounded base of the palm.
[last sense fr heel, ''arm a fighting cock with a gaff or spur,'' found by 1755]