[ reech-mee-doun ]
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noun, adjectiveBritish.

Origin of reach-me-down

First recorded in 1860–65

Words Nearby reach-me-down Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use reach-me-down in a sentence

  • It is like buying a reach-me-down suit, which I have never done.

    Dodo's Daughter | E. F. Benson
  • A drama conceived in this reach-me-down fashion will scarcely have the breath of life in it.

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

    The Cathedral | Joris-Karl Huysmans
  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for reach-me-down


    • (often plural) a garment that is cheaply ready-made or second-hand

    • (as modifier): reach-me-down finery

  1. (plural) trousers

  1. (modifier) not original; derivative; stale: a stock of reach-me-down ideas

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