[broh-kuh n-doun]
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  1. shattered or collapsed, as with age; infirm.
  2. having given way with use or age; out of working order: a broken-down chair.

Origin of broken-down

First recorded in 1810–20 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. worn out, as by age or long use; dilapidateda broken-down fence
  2. not in working ordera broken-down tractor
  3. physically or mentally ill
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