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[reech-mee-doun] /ˈritʃ miˌdaʊn/
noun, adjective, British.
Origin of reach-me-down
First recorded in 1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Every reach-me-down that had been hanging these twenty years flapped about their limbs, hindering their progress.

    The Cathedral Joris-Karl Huysmans
  • It is like buying a reach-me-down suit, which I have never done.

    Dodo's Daughter E. F. Benson
  • And you come to me stinkin' of beer in a reach-me-down overcoat, and pretend you be the law!

    Shining Ferry Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • A drama conceived in this reach-me-down fashion will scarcely have the breath of life in it.

    Play-Making William Archer
British Dictionary definitions for reach-me-down


noun (informal)
  1. (often pl) a garment that is cheaply ready-made or second-hand
  2. (as modifier): reach-me-down finery
(pl) trousers
(modifier) not original; derivative; stale: a stock of reach-me-down ideas
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for reach-me-down



Inferior; shoddy: the nice and the reach-me-down manners


hand-me-down (1862+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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