[doun-uh t-th uh-heelz or doun-uh t-th uh-heel]
- of a shabby, run-down appearance; seedy: He is rapidly becoming a down-at-heel drifter and a drunk.
Also down-at-heel, down-at-heels.
Origin of down-at-the-heels
First recorded in 1695–1705
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