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Origin of down-and-out
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Example sentences from the Web for down-and-out
It is Ma who refuses to abandon the down-and-out Wilson family even though their company may slow the journey west.
The Oscars also like down-and-out characters and misunderstood geniuses, both of which tend to beget low-talkers.
But their impact on their down-and-out political parties may turn out to be nearly identical.
There was business to be managed—no dillydallying in this day and generation, unless one would join the down-and-out club!Making People Happy|Thompson Buchanan
Had about as much sympathy for a down-and-out, Steele did, as you'd find milk in a turnip.Shorty McCabe on the Job|Sewell Ford
A man's a millionaire to-day and a member of the down-and-out club to-morrow.Jack and the Check Book|John Kendrick Bangs
But that was nothin' to the down-and-out slump I found him in next night, when I goes around for my writin' lesson and so on.Torchy|Sewell Ford
I went on down the street feeling almost like a man again and not a down-and-out ex-convict.Kentucky in American Letters, v. 2 of 2|John Wilson Townsend
British Dictionary definitions for down-and-out
Idioms and Phrases with down-and-out
Lacking funds or prospects; destitute, penniless. For example, After losing his job, car, and home, he was completely down and out. This term probably originated in boxing, where it alludes to the fighter who is knocked down and stays down for a given time, thereby losing the bout. [c. 1900] Also see down for the count.