[doun-uh nd-out, -uh n]
- without any money, or means of support, or prospects; destitute; penniless.
- without physical strength or stamina; disabled; incapacitated.
- too physically weakened by repeated defeats to qualify as a competent professional boxer.
- Also down-and-out·er. a person who is down-and-out.
Origin of down-and-out
An Americanism dating back to 1885–90
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Examples 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.Is There a Ma Joad for the Piketty Era?
July 1, 2014
The Oscars also like down-and-out characters and misunderstood geniuses, both of which tend to beget low-talkers.Mumbling Wins Oscars!
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But their impact on their down-and-out political parties may turn out to be nearly identical.France's Sarah Palin
November 27, 2009
I'm on my uppers for fair this time—eligible for the down-and-out club.The Easiest Way
Eugene Walter and Arthur Hornblow
Or by bold combinations: down-and-out, up-state, flat-footed.The American Language
Henry L. Mencken
Of course Garrison had been to the dogs during the past year—what down-and-out jockey has not gone there?Garrison's Finish
W. B. M. Ferguson
And the speculators on the inside graduate to the down-and-out class if they play long enough.Evening Round Up
William Crosbie Hunter
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
- without any means of livelihood; impoverished and, often, socially outcast
- a person who is destitute and, often, homeless; a social outcast or derelict
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