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down on one's uppers

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down on one's uppers


Having no money

[1895+; fr the notion of destitute people who have worn out the soles of their shoes, leaving only the uppers]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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