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[ruhn-doun] /ˈrʌnˈdaʊn/
fatigued; weary; exhausted.
in a state of poor health:
He was in a run-down condition from months of overwork.
in neglected condition; fallen into disrepair:
a run-down house.
(of a spring-operated device) not running because it is unwound.
Origin of run-down
First recorded in 1675-85; adj. use of verb phrase run down
3. seedy, tacky, shabby, deteriorated. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But any one who knows about farm work, realizes that this view of a run-down, neglected old place means a long struggle.

    The American Country Girl Martha Foote Crow
  • It's the sleaziest, cheapest, most run-down tenement in one hemisphere, but I love it.

    Starman's Quest Robert Silverberg
  • Badger suggests in its exterior a woman of the street, made up carefully as to the face and run-down at the heel.

    The Sheriff of Badger George B. Pattullo
  • You've got no business in a run-down place like this— you with your fine clothes and your fine airs.

    The Fortune Hunter Louis Joseph Vance
  • Though in your run-down condition you ought to have at least six.

  • I was glad she wasn't no measly, little, old-fashioned, run-down concern.

    Danny's Own Story Don Marquis
Word Origin and History for run-down

1866, of persons, with reference to health, from verbal phrase, from run (v.) + down (adv.). From 1896 of places; 1894 of clocks. Earliest sense is "oppressed" (1680s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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