down-at-the-heels

[ doun-uht-thuh-heelz ]
/ ˈdaʊn ət ðəˈhilz /

adjective

having a shabby, run-down appearance; seedy: He is rapidly becoming a down-at-the-heels drifter and a drunk.

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Also down-at-the-heel; down-at-heel [doun-uht-heel], /ˈdaʊn ət ˈhil/, down-at-heels .

Origin of down-at-the-heels

First recorded in 1695–1705

Words nearby down-at-the-heels

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Example sentences from the Web for down-at-the-heels

  • Mr. Howells has aptly described Hannibal as a "loafing, out-at-elbows, down-at-the-heels, slaveholding Mississippi river town."

    Mark Twain|Archibald Henderson
  • "Down-at-the-heels gentility gone into trade," smiled Marcia.

    Destiny|Charles Neville Buck