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down-at-the-heels

or down-at-the-heel

[doun-uh t-th uh-heelz or doun-uh t-th uh-heel] /ˈdaʊn ət ðəˈhilz or ˈdaʊn ət ðəˈhil/
adjective
1.
of a shabby, run-down appearance; seedy:
He is rapidly becoming a down-at-heel drifter and a drunk.
Also, down-at-heel, down-at-heels.
Origin of down-at-the-heels
1695-1705
1695-1705
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  • Mr. Howells has aptly described Hannibal as a "loafing, out-at-elbows, down-at-the-heels, slaveholding Mississippi river town."

    Mark Twain Archibald Henderson
  • "down-at-the-heels gentility gone into trade," smiled Marcia.

    Destiny Charles Neville Buck

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