Origin of hand-me-down
Examples from the Web for hand-me-down
The heaps of gifted and hand-me-down pink frilly clothes and accessories grew far faster than we were able to sort and store them.
You might not have been so cheap this year and accepted a hand-me-down (I mean ALL they want is the candy anyhow).
For decades, collar-buttons have been on the hand-me-down shelves of humor; it is a mistake in the catalogue.Seventeen|Booth Tarkington
You're so bloody sane and smug you with your secondhand suit and hand-me-down knowledge!The Short Life|Francis Donovan
The Socialist cook exchanged his greasy dungarees for a pair of hand-me-down creaseless serge pants.The Flying Bo'sun|Arthur Mason
That's the flat truth, and I'd like to shake your Jake Kasker out of his suit of hand-me-down clothing.Mary Louise and the Liberty Girls|Edith Van Dyne (AKA L. Frank Baum)
These hand-me-down religions seldom fit, and professional theology, it seems to me, is mostly a dealing in ol' clo'.Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 12|Elbert Hubbard
- something, esp an outgrown garment, passed down from one person to another
- (as modifier)a hand-me-down dress
- anything that has already been used by another
- (as modifier)hand-me-down ideas
as a modifier, attested by 1826.