noun, adjective British.

Nearby words

  1. rea silvia,
  2. reabsorption,
  3. reach,
  4. reach for the sky,
  5. reach rod,
  6. reaches,
  7. reaching jib,
  8. reacquire,
  9. react,
  10. reactance

Origin of reach-me-down

First recorded in 1860–65 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for reach-me-down

  • Every reach-me-down that had been hanging these twenty years flapped about their limbs, hindering their progress.

    The Cathedral|Joris-Karl Huysmans
  • It is like buying a reach-me-down suit, which I have never done.

    Dodo's Daughter|E. F. Benson
  • And you come to me stinkin' of beer in a reach-me-down overcoat, and pretend you be the law!

    Shining Ferry|Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • A drama conceived in this reach-me-down fashion will scarcely have the breath of life in it.

    Play-Making|William Archer

British Dictionary definitions for reach-me-down


noun informal

  1. (often plural)a garment that is cheaply ready-made or second-hand
  2. (as modifier)reach-me-down finery
(plural) trousers
(modifier) not original; derivative; stalea stock of reach-me-down ideas
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